By Heather Dunhill
If you haven’t been able to get a Vogue film fix since The September Issue, then you’re gonna love knowing about the HBO documentary In-Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, marking the 120th anniversary of fashion’s iconic tome.
Not only is the documentary a historical timeline, it’s up-close with genius editors like Anna Wintour, Grace Mirabella, Grace Coddington, Polly Mellen, Susan Train, Hamish Bowles, Jade Hobson, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Camilla Nickerson, Phyllis Posnick, Tonne Goodman and the irreverent Babs Simpson.
What’s brilliant is that in an industry where men still dominate as designers, at Vogue the powerhouse, influencers of style remain largely women.
Vogue evolved from a social magazine, which focused on women of society, to issues purely of illustrations–but the real style impact happened when Condé Nast took over the magazine in 1909. It broke with the past by changing focus to women’s fashion, and ultimately introduced photography to the pages. Diana Vreeland dropped into the scene in 1963 as editor-in-chief with her unconventional and liberated sensibilities–not only did she make it the magazine to read for the jet set and those who wished to dream, she also made it a reflection of the times.
“The attitude of Vogue’s sittings editors was anything or everything for the picture.” – Vera Wang
You’ll certainly recognize many of the iconic images across your television screen, but you’ll be surprised to know they originated from the minds of the Vogue editors behind the camera while they worked with notable photographers like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
In-Vogue: The Editor’s Eye is currently airing on HBO; you can find more information about it here.
P.S.: While we’re talking Vogue editors, Grace Coddington’s new book, Grace: A Memoir, is fantastic. Especially love her illustrations!