In Vogue: The Editor's Eye

Thursday, 20 November 2014

At university this week we were shown the documentary 'In Vogue: The Editor's Eye' - an in-depth and illuminating look at US Vogue's most influential and iconic fashion editors; Babs SimpsonGrace CoddingtonTonne GoodmanPhyllis PosnickJade HobsonCarlyne CerfPolly Mellen and Camilla Nickerson. These women, past and present, are often the unsung heroes of the Vogue department but are fundamental in producing and directing some of the fashion world's most iconic and progressive images - an element of the documentary truly interesting in itself. 

The documentary showed fascinating archive footage of how Vogue and its content transformed with each decade, shape by the culture and goings on of the day, and how each editor incorporated their own personality into their work. What I also found intriguing was comments from industry professionals and celebrities regarding their experiences with particular editors during photoshoots such as Marc Jacobs, Sarah-Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman, painting a revealing portrait of each editor's work ethic, creative flair and artistic vision. 

As Vogue celebrated its 120th anniversary, I truly admired the film's conclusion which showed Vogue's fashion editors join together to be photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz for the anniversary issue of the magazine, which was a celebration of these women and their lifetime's work - certainly a 'feel-good' way to end the documentary. 

Overall, 'In Vogue: The Editor's Eye' is a definite must-watch for any fashion addict or those eager to learn more about the history of Vogue and the individuals behind it. 

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