Tastemaker: Anna Wintour

Tonight, I watched The Devil Wears Prada with my cousin who had never seen the film before. Morgan was so shocked by the Miranda Priestly character that I felt it necessary to explain to her who Anna Wintour is and what her connection is to the film.

I just found this on E-bay. It is the May 1996 issue of Seventeen Magazine with TLC on the cover. It was the first magazine ever purchased for me. Thanks Mama!

I just found this on E-bay. It is the May 1996 issue of Seventeen Magazine with TLC on the cover. It was the first magazine ever purchased for me. Thanks Mama!

There are times when I wonder what all this knowledge about the fashion world is good for. How does it tie into my Psychology degree or plans to be a social worker? Worse, there are the times when I feel tempted to add up all of the dollars and pennies that I’ve spent on fashion mags in my lifetime. I may only be 22 but I know the total is grotesque. And yet, fashion is my passion. I’ve tried to deny it and yet, I get ichy palms and a racing heart every time that I see a new copy of Lucky or get near a well designed frock. And now, with the rise of fashion blogs, I find myself drawn in even further.

The industry can no longer be contained to two arenas high fashion and commercial, it has evolved into thousands of enclaves. In a way, Anna Wintour’s opinion means almost nothing and I’m not simply referring to lagging magazine sales. With the rise of the internet and the almost-free sharing of information, fewer people are buying magazines in print and more people are turning to the thousands of fashion blogs on the internet for guidance. Many are even starting their own personal fashion journals through free blogging platforms (ahem). My point is, there is no longer one singular voice of authority in the fashion world.

But the truth of this scene gets me ever time:

Which led me to think about my last post and also this video clip that I found a few days ago of Anna Wintour being interviewed by Barbara Walters in 2006 as part of “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2006” special. Wintour touches upon some of the topics in my last post so I thought I would share. Also, Walters asking her about The Devil Wears Prada and the “expectations” for the staff at Vogue is just classic.

I may not fully understand my love of fashion or new found commitment to making it my professional industry of choice but I do know that it brings me joy. Expensive, expensive joy.

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