The twin pillars of Vogue magazine are Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Creative Director Grace Coddington. Their influence on fashion is no more apparent than in the magazine’s September Issue, traditionally the biggest, most highly anticipated issue of Vogue each year. The fashion documentary, The September Issue gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 820-page issue in 2007 and how Wintour and Coddington, along with an army of staff, a seemingly endless budget and offices bursting at the seams with clothes, shoes, accessories and makeup, shepherd the formidable issue from conception to publication each year.
It’s a significant moment in time: Vogue magazine’s celebrating its 120th anniversary. And Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour brings fashion editors, past and present, out from behind the pages of the tony fashion magazine for a photo shoot by Annie Liebovitz. The resulting image appears in the 2012 September issue, and shows a formidable group of women representing five-plus decades of fashion editors from the magazine, including Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Polly Allen Mellen, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Camilla Nickerson, Phyllis Posnick and Babs Simpson. The fashion documentary, In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, showcases these industry leaders, who are celebrated for their inimitable fashion spreads for Vogue and who Wintour calls the magazine’s “secret weapons”.