I’m going to spare you the background on this documentary–You’ve got Google for that. Here’s what I thought of the documentary.
First & foremost, it is that: a documentary. It’s not styled to be a “The Devil Wears Prada” replacement or reckoning; it’s literally a behind-the-scenes documentary into the making of the most important issue of the year for the most important fashion magazine in America, and arguably the world.
I would have liked more insight and personality into the cool exterior of Anna Wintour. But, I understand, that Wintour is always self-composed and absolutely never lets her guard down: especially in front of a camera. So there may very well be nothing the producer could have done about that.
I especially enjoyed comparing just how close Devil got it to the real thing. For one thing, the office layout is nearly exactly the same — except Anna’s office has far more antiques and a french country theme than the ultra-modern office “Miranda” did in Devil. But the assistant desks are lined up exactly the same.
All in all, I enjoyed watching it as I thumbed through the pages of my March Vogue. I taken aback by how much of the sheer genius of Vogue’s beauty comes from the mind of Creative Director Grace Coddington – someone I had never heard of until I saw the film. She is truly amazing. She oversees most of the shoots you see in the spreads of Vogue, and envisions everything from the outfits, models, accessories, venue, balloons (yes, balloons)…well, everything.
I highly recommend the film if you’re interested in fashion. I rented TSI from Redbox outside of my neighborhood Walgreens for $1 a night.
Anna never has to know.