Much to my boyfriend’s (initial) dismay, my last Friday date-night was spent at a local indie movie theater, before the menacing mugs of Anna Wintour and her fellow Voguettes.
The September Issue, the film industry’s most-recent foray into the world of fashion, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Vogue’s 2007 September issue.
From the film’s official website:
“An intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion, Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour’s Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and reshoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process.”
It’s no big surprise that I la-la-loved the movie. (Case in point: this has long been my favorite t-shirt.)
R.J. Culter, the director, created a tone of substance and magnitude rarely reserved for any fashion-related media outlet (think Zoolander and Bruno). You felt as if you were permitted into a secret society, in which influence and power comes in the form of fabric.
And here’s the kicker…
My boyfriend—a hoodie-wearing, sports watching, sneakers-only-policy, guy’s-guy—liked it too! Yes, he used the word “liked.” Not “tolerated” or “stomached,” but liked. He explained that he was impressed and surprised by the amount of manpower and money that goes into each issue. Amen!
If you have any interest in creative processes (notice I didn’t say fashion!) I really recommend this film. Although a love of handbags wouldn’t hurt.