The beauty of The September Issue is that you don’t need fashion sense to make sense of it. At heart, it’s the story of two women who, although quite different in temperament, have made legends of themselves in the fashion world.
One of those women you probably know: Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue and allegedly the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s acidic character in The Devil Wears Prada. The other woman, Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, is behind the scenes and seems the sort of woman who’d treat office temps to donuts and survival tips.
Coddington gets most of the documentary’s screentime, and the former model milks her time in the spotlight. Maybe too much so.
The camera-shy Wintour does not seem devilish at all, merely perfectionist and introverted. In her limited time on screen, she is the more enigmatic and interesting of the two women, especially in brief interviews about her family. Grade: B+
Director: R.J. Cutler Featuring: Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington Release: 2009
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