The September Issue is an extremely interesting documentary about Anna Wintour and the September issue of Vogue, the most important issue of the year.
I had the evening free and I could rent the documentary on Amazon for 99 cents, so I figured, why not? I’m so glad I watched it. I’m seriously considering buying it, and I never buy movies.
The background, the behind the scenes, the little tidbits and such about the process is so interesting. It was fascinating to see how the issue went from the first steps of planning to the newsstands, but even more interesting were the interviews with Anna Wintour and other Vogue employees.
There is a point where Anna is talking about her siblings, and you really get a chance to see behind the ever present sunglasses. Earlier in the documentary Anna is referred to as “the most powerful woman in America”, yet when she speaks about one of her brothers working to provide homes for the underprivileged and her other brother working as a political editor she admits that they are “amused” by her occupation. After she says this, she looks away, then looks back with sadness in her eyes. Can you imagine? She says again that they are “amused”. It seems that although she is powerful, rich and famous…she still does not have the approval and respect of those whom she wants it from the most.
Also interesting is the mutual respect and irritation between Anna and Grace Coddington, who comments on the September issue of Vogue, “except for Sienna (Millers photo shoot) this is my issue”. The huge, record breaking issue was a major credit-to Anna. Few people outside the industry would recognize or acknowledge Grace’s name or her role as creative director, yet Anna calls her a genius and says that she (Anna) is nothing like her.
All in all, a fascinating, riveting look at an industry and woman that I loved getting to know a bit better.