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Nuclear Wintour: The Fashion Godmother!

5 Oct

If you are a fashionista, you should know your fashion history! British born Anna Wintour is known as the godmother of American fashion and the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. Her career in Fashion Journalism began at two British magazines. She is known for her eye for fashion and her support for young designers. Her demanding personality has earned her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour” and even an inspiration of a book written by former personal assistant, Lauren Weisberger, roman a’ clef, A devil Wears Prada, which was later made into a successful film starring Meryl Streep and Miranda Priestly.

Her father, Charles Wintour is the editor of London Evening Standard. Anna became interested in fashion as a teenager in which her father consulted her on how to make the newspaper relevant to the youth of era. She has constantly used the channel of magazines to shape the fashion industry but was always subjected to debate on her particular choice of styles and trends such as fur, which was critized by animal activists.

She has an impressive resume’ as a fashion journalist and is respected by many. Her influence extends outside of fashion. She also has her influence in other areas such as persuading Donald Trump to let Marc Jacobs use a ballroom at the Plaza Hotel for a show when Jacobs and his business partner were not financially stable to do so. She has encouraged Christian Dior to hire younger, fresher designers which can cater to the young generation of our era.

Even though there are complaints about her role as a powerful fashion decision maker, it has been dismissed by those who are familiar with how she actually exercises that right. “She’s honest. She tells you what she thinks. Yes is yes and no is no”, said Karl Lagerfeld, a German fashion designer. “She’s not too pushy” agrees Francois-Henri Pinault, chief executive officer of PPR, Gucci’s parent company.

Because of her powerful position, her wardrobe is always subjected to being scrutinized and imitated. It has been said that industry publicists often hear, “Do you want me to go to Anna with this”? Let’s face it, she is a fashion genius and one of the most successful editor-in-chief who has embrased fashion with extreme creativity and was able to share it with the world.

Barbara Walters interviews Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover

Oprah Winfrey on the cover of Vogue

Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour and Sean “Diddy” Combs attend the Macy’s celebration of Fashion’s Night Out at Macy’s Herald Square on September 10, 2010 in New York City.

Anna and Nikki Minaj shares the front row at NYC Fashion Week 2011

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4 Responses to “Nuclear Wintour: The Fashion Godmother!”

  1. Fashionforwardalways October 5, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Oh yes Now I know your true to your fashion. this piece on Ann Wintour was good I have been loving Ann’s work for years and watch her true life documentary over and over and when I compare it to the movie the devil wear prada I think Meryl Streep played her well. It nice to see that you give the godmother of fashion the respect and show the face and brians behind vogue mag.Thanks Fab.

    • fabuliciouscupcake October 5, 2011 at 3:21 am #

      I was delighted to take this biography piece to the next level in portraying the fashion godmother with the true light she deserves. Her character is truly amazing in itself. Doing this piece has also allowed me the opportunity to learn so much more about her. I am glad you enjoyed this piece. This is just a taste of who she is and there is so much more to Ms. Ann Wintour. Thanks for staying in touch fashion forward.

  2. simplystudded October 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    I agree… I am a huge fan of Ms. Wintour…. I think it is more of respect than anything you have to respect her drive, vision and passion… She came she conqured and she is still revelant in today’s fashion industry. The only person I can put on her level is Karl Lagerfeld…. Great post Fab

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