FASHION IS A RELIGION. THIS IS THE BIBLE.
In 1993, R.J. Cutler produced The War Room, a fascinating look behind the scenes of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign; now he’s found another war room to study as we follow the massive work behind producing the all-important September issue of Vogue. This fashion bible is many months in the working and all the major decisions are left up to one person – Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief. Her cold demeanor and powerful position in the industry inspired Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), but the filmmakers offer us a nuanced impression of her and give insight into the sweat and tears that go into the magazine, evident in the battles between Wintour and Grace Coddington, the creative director. Well worth a look, even though the film is a PR tool, slated for a wider U.S. release in (what else?) September.
2009-U.S. 90 min. Color. Produced by R.J. Cutler, Eliza Hindmarch, Sadia Shepard. Directed by R.J. Cutler.
Trivia: Sienna Miller makes an appearance. Wintour was also portrayed in the documentary The First Monday in May (2016).
Last word: “I like to joke that I was able to convince [Wintour] to do this film by making her think that it was her idea, but the truth is that focusing on the September issue as a structure was indeed her suggestion. She said it was something she had always thought would make a great subject for a film. […] When I said that I would have to have final cut, she said, ‘My father was a journalist, I’m a journalist, I totally understand.’ I was glad that she got it, that she knew I would have to have final cut, but I was also struck by the fact that she spoke so openly about her father. I thought there’s definitely something here, and I suspected that if I followed that thread it would lead me to a rich place.” (Cutler, Indiewire)