Anna Wintour On Michelle Obama: 'She has changed the way American women see fashion'

21 November 2012 by

Anna Wintour On Michelle Obama's Style: 'She has changed the way American women see fashion' Anna Wintour On Michelle Obama's Style: 'She has changed the way American women see fashion'

With the news of her brand new HBO documentary, In Vogue: The Editor's Eye coming out next month *squeals* the lady behind the signature sunnies and bob is at last giving interviews to promote the show. The Telegraph got their hands on Anna Wintour to discuss everything from career advice to a well deserved big-up for her colleague Grace Coddington. Here's a summary of what we've learnt about La Wintour...

Anna does not keep a diary:

"Grace is having her book party in New York on Monday. And I have to be here for that. It's a big thing. She's given so much to this magazine - she's one of the great unsung heroines of our business." Grace wrote her book from memory, Anna added, explaining that neither women keep a diary, "Nor, will I ever write a book."

Anna loves Michelle Obama's style:

"Look back at the history of First Ladies and you'll see they wore a good suit or a ball gown. Now we have someone who wears J.Crew or Thakoon or Azzedine Alaïa: a gamut of different designers. She has changed the way American women see fashion. Fashion today is available to everybody in a way that it's never been before: you've got every designer you've ever heard of working for H&M or Target. That's fantastic”

Anna likes staff with a POV:

"I look for strong people. I don't like people who'll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue, and disagree, and have a point of view that's reflected in the magazine. My dad believed in the cult of personality. He brought great writers and columnists to the Standard. I try to do that here, too."

Anna got the best training working in London:

“Because the teams are so much smaller in London, you learn everything much more quickly. When I was at Harper's [her first magazine job], I was writing captions, going on shoots, picking clothes, laying everything out. And when I came here, there's a shoe editor, and lingerie editor, in those days even a fabric editor. It was very divided. To get that sense of how a magazine works as a whole, [working in Britain] is very good training."

It's important to Anna that fashion changes:

"It is important always to have really original talent. There are lots of good designers that make attractive clothes and make women look beautiful. But at the same time one doesn't want to lose the idea that there is someone out there who can change the way you look at fashion. The way, going back, that Armani did, that Galliano did, that Alexander [McQueen] did. One doesn't want fashion to look ridiculous, silly, or out of step with the times - but you do want designers that make you think, that make you look at fashion differently. That's how fashion changes. If it doesn't change, it's not looking forward. And that's important to me.


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