Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The September Issue

UK Release: 11th September 2009
Watched on DVD: Tuesday 15th May 2012
Rating: 12
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1hr 30mins
Tagline: Fashion is a religion. This is the bible.
IMDb Plot Synopsis: The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. With unprecedented access, this film tells the story of legendary Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and ruling the world of fashion.

My Review: Glamourous, aspirational and very, very chic - this documentary is gripping for not only fashion lovers but documentary lovers (although having an interest in fashion helps!). I adore the beautiful offices, clothes and locations... they’re so pretty it hurts! You really get to go behind the scenes which is fantastic as there is a lot of drama going on. And of course the woman behind the majority of the drama is the queen herself Anna  Wintour. She is such an inspiration for women in terms of her success and she is always turned out immaculately. Yet the film makers tend to cast their eye over to her Creative Director Grace Coddington, who many see this film is really about. Her passion and romanticism for her job is infectious and while she is clearly a master at her craft, that doesn’t take away from the impeccable work Wintour also does. There relationship is a complex one and its interesting to see what goes on behind the curtains as we see the complete development of ‘the September issue’ from first meetings to going to print about 6 months later. 
The film whisks you away as you get into the nitty gritty of what makes Vogue magazine, an insight that is rare and should be cherished!
Score: 8/10

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