Vogue-In the Editor’s Eye

IN VOGUE- the editor's eye!

IN VOGUE- the editor’s eye!

After a really long time, I’m back with writing my experience with a recent movie watched on “Tuesday movie session.” Today’s movie was about Vogue- in the editor’s eye! The movie talks about the editors and their role in Vogue. Produced and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, In Vogue sketches out the magazine’s storied history at breakneck pace.  This is one of the best movie i’ve come across after watching the September issue!

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour

Anna and Grace Coddington

Anna and Grace Coddington

The movie is about coinciding with the 120th anniversary of Vogue, takes a look at some of the world’s most influential fashion images as conceived by the magazine’s iconic fashion editors. As quoted by Anna Wintour, “The people who are responsible for the fashion images are the fashion editors,” each of the editors (before and present) emerges as having distinctive aesthetic visions — starkly minimalist, merry or romantic — though these might be tough for the general-interest reader to discern. These editors are like a circle of mischievous aunts, acting as both enabler and chaperon for the predatory photographer and his vulnerable, yet ultimately transcendent, subject.

beauties are subjected to various transgressions of their personal boundaries including nudity, with or without snakes; uncomfortable poses; corsets; beds of nails; masks and hoods; silly wigs or burlap sacks; and coatings of mud or paint, cream poured over the head Nickelodeon style and other foodstuffs. The images remain striking despite the passage of years, but since their was to promote the looks of the moment, they are a hybrid of art and advertising. (“Art-vertising?” proposed one male acquaintance, leafing abstractedly through the pages — medieval-scale compendiums of semi-naked women tending to attract crowds.) he Editor’s Eye sets out to change this, bringing fascinating new insight to the study and appreciation of fashion. With the same photographer, the same model and the same clothes, three different Fashion Editors would produce three vastly different images.

The movie also investigates the iconic, often misunderstood images and fashion spreads seen over the years. In an earlier documentary, 2009’s “The September Issue,” Wintour came off as a cold-hearted boss. But here she takes the focus off of herself, allowing her editors to shine. They’re allowed to run free with their imaginations. Wintour, who in the HBO documentary seems to love championing her employees’ achievements, walks viewers through the growth of the magazine since 1988 under her vision.


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