3.22.2010

Film Review : The September Issue

My most recent Netflix rental was this documentary: The September Issue


Summary from IMDB.com: 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.

In a nutshell, the depth of content and behind-the-scenes footage within the documentary was more than I expected. I truly relished being a fly-on-the-wall in Vogue creative meetings between editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, creative director Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour, and Vogue's extremely diligent army of fashion gurus. The film even takes us to the set of high-fashion photoshoots, one in particular with (one of my favorites) model Coco Rocha. The racks and racks of gorgeous garments and priceless pieces and accessories was enough to make any fashion freak swoon. Even the passive-aggressive disagreements in which Wintour and Coddington would occasionally partake brought a realism for me to the Vogue publication world. We also get a front row seat during Paris fashion week. I would expect nothing less for a day in the life of courageous leader Anna Wintour. And I couldn't help but be reminded of a little personal favorite known as The Devil Wears Prada, even if it was based on hyperbole.


However, I wanted more! If you can imagine a brief documentary, I felt the film ended too quickly. I also felt as though there was no real climax, no 'this is what we've been working towards!' moment. All of a sudden, Andre was signing off on the photo for the cover, the storyboard was being taken down, and Wintour was reflecting on her industry and long-standing position with Vogue. It's over? I did like how the fourth wall is broken towards the end and Grace Coddington begins to chat with the cameraman. Endearing.


'Twas still a brilliant look into the world of fashion, large-scale collaboration and the Vogue publication... an inside peek at how it all goes down and how everything comes together during the most important fashion magazine issue of the year - the September issue. Thanks R.J. Cutler!

Stars: **** I'll give it 4 out of 5

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