Last night I had a tussle with my 17 year old. He wanted to watch “Glee”. I was recording “Project Runway All-Stars”, and I set the DVR to record the HBO documentary, “In Vogue, The Editor’s Eye”. Not all three could happen at once, so being the fabulous mom I am, I capitulated and told him to cancel the recording of Project Runway (as a side note, I hear that I didn’t miss anything, which is how I feel more and more about PR these days).
But I did record “In Vogue, The Editor’s Eye”, and tonight I sat down to watch it.
If you haven’t seen it, you must! Forget “The Devil Wears Prada”, this documentary immediately pulls you into the world of the fashion editors over the years at Vogue. From Babs Simpson (about to turn 100), through the redoubtable Grace Coddington to Tonne Goodman, this film interviews numerous editors from the magazine through the years – from World War 2 to today. Highlights include Polly Allen Mellen (so memorable in “Unzipped”) talking about the sexual revolution and how it affected fashion photography. Then there’s Phyllis Posnick, who may not be as well known, but who makes some of the most stunning images I’ve ever seen in the magazine (still lifes and single-shots for beauty stories are among her most memorable visuals), to Grace Coddington, of course. All the while, Anna Wintour, who winks at us all by actually wearing Prada for her interviews, gives a background narrative that frames both the history and the current crop of editors and photographers. I was captivated. It’s admiring without being reverential. Heck, it makes me want to work for Vogue! I’m going to watch it again, and again, and again… Oh, and BTW, stick around for the credits, and you’ll understand the title of this post!
If you get HBO on your cable service, you can watch “In Vogue, the Editor’s Eye” at HBOGo.com
In sewing news, I spent a couple of days this week on a buying trip, and MAN, did I come home with a ton of goodies! I just put up a bunch of Boiled Wools, and I have a boatload of new fabrics coming, on top of the dozens I’ve already put up over the last couple of days.
For myself, while I was there, I picked up a stunning double-faced stretch wool crepe in cobalt and black. I also got a Riri zipper to go with it, and I am going to make Marcy Tilton’s Vogue Jacket 8795 (thanks for that inspiration, Gigi!)
That’s where things stand for now. I’ll post pictures of the double faced wool (gorge!) tomorrow.