I always feel like I’m a little behind on movies, probably because I hardly ever go to the theater anymore. It’s all about the Netflix now. While browsing the streaming selection, I happened upon The September Issue, a documentary about the making of the super-thick September issue of Vogue magazine. I thought I would give it a try, having heard of it before, and it turned out to be really good!
The trailer would have you thinking this film is “Anna Wintour: The Movie”, and to a certain extent it is, but I thought it offered a great glimpse into the making of a high-level fashion magazine and all the hard work and real people behind the glossies.
I also particularly enjoyed the scenes with Grace Coddington, creative director at Vogue. A warm, poofy-haired foil to the sharp pageboy, Grace plays an essential part of putting together the September issue. A former model (her old pictures from the 60s are so cute!), she has been involved with Vogue, first in Britain and now in the U.S., for almost 40 years, so she knows her stuff. She is also a survivor, still making soft and beautiful things after so long in such an intense industry. She’s writing a memoir now, and I totally want to read it when it comes out.
I recommend checking out this movie. It’s an easy hour and a half, and I felt like it taught a few lessons about dedication and the value of keeping your eyes open too. If nothing else, you get to see pretty clothes and pretty pictures!
And the soundtrack? AMAZING.