“The September Issue” (2009)

If you, like me, are a magazine junkie, then watching the documentary The September Issue, is a mesmerizing romp. If you don’t care about fashion or don’t like reality TV, this isn’t likely to be your cuppa.

The film documents the production of the September 2007 issue of Vogue, the biggest in its history, and the one before the recession hit and paper prices went up. The putative heroine is Grace Coddington, the creative director, who clashes with Anna Wintour, the chilly, powerful editrix. The power dynamics are fascinating, as is the messy process of putting together the magazine that looks so pretty and shiny on the shelf in the fall. Coddington is funny and charming. Wintour is a piece of work. It’s interesting to see the real-life woman who inspired the character from The Devil Wears Prada.

3 Responses to ““The September Issue” (2009)”

  1. Amy Says:

    I thought this was fascinating too. She is a piece of work, isn’t she? Wintour, that is. Grace Coddington was amazing. I love that she’s a former model–not what you’d expect from a former model at all.

  2. girldetective Says:

    There was one scene in which she was at the same table as Karl Lagerfeld, and I know I’m influenced by Manolo the shoe blogger, but they seriously looked like the King and Queen of the Undead.

  3. Amy Says: