A series of revolutionary women: Anna Wintour
If you have seen the famous 2006 film The devil wears Prada, read Vogue Magazine, or looked at pictures from the Met Gala, then you too have been influenced by Anna Wintour. Known to be one of the most influential and illustrious names in fashion, Wintour dictates just about every move in the fashion industry.
Since its first edition in Vogue, Wintour defied the standard of beauty for women, her first cover of a set of Guess Jeans and a jeweled Christian Lacroix, unlike the colorful dresses and ball gowns that usually lined newsstand magazines. Many thought it was a mistake; printers even sent the files back to the office assuming an error had occurred. But Wintour insisted, and subscription prices, advertising requests and the number of pages for issues have skyrocketed. For example, the September 2012 issue was 914 pages long. Additionally, she pioneered the use of fashionable outdoor public figures for the cover, attracting politicians, athletes and celebrities.
As enthusiasts of The devil wears Prada will tell you, Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda Priestly, is based on Anna Wintour. While his defining characteristics are his somewhat irrationally cold demeanor and harsh exterior, Priestly’s most notable asset to me is that people all over the world listen to him. His opinion on designers, trends, colors, and even belt choice carries more weight than almost anyone else in the industry. For Vogue, their esteemed editor is no different. Wintour apparently hand-selects the next “it” designer because of her prestige and respect within the fashion community. She also changed the definition of an icon, going through many newbie designers in order to give them a chance to put their name on the map. “Despite her famous personage of public steel, Anna has always been extremely supportive of young people in the industry, especially designers,” celebrity stylist Alex Longmore said. “She is interested in careers of people far below her own.” WGSN’s Muston agrees, adding, “Much is made of the negativity surrounding her uncompromising work ethic, but she incredibly encourages young creatives, ensuring they have the platform to be successful. “
In addition to being presidents of Vogue, Wintour, is a director of the New York Metropolitan Museum and therefore has a huge say in the infamous Met Gala that takes place each year. Led by Wintour, this event draws guests from around the world to celebrate the opening of the museum’s annual costume exhibition. All guests dress according to the theme of the exhibit, ensuring that every red carpet outfit is approved by Wintour. In 2014, the costume department was renamed in honor of Wintour’s work in the Anna Wintour Costume Institute.
Anna Wintour continues to be one of the most compelling voices in the fashion industry, but has spoken about the impact of sexism on her career. Her presence in a room as an abuser, she explains, is in part due to stereotypes that women have a controlling role. “It’s not so much about powerful women,” she said in an interview with Forbes magazine, “In some cases there are stereotypes about women. Often times I don’t hear about men. the same way.
Despite this, she continues to shamelessly dominate the field, while also showing interest in the aspiring artists and designers below her; the ultimate sign of a revolutionary woman.