Women of Fashion: Anna Wintour

The woman who inspired The Devil Wears Prada, Anna Wintour, is known as the most influential figure in fashion, but what is it in her career that got her this title? We’re going to have to start at the beginning for that one!

Anna Wintour wears a zebra fur jacket outside the Valentino Pre-Fall 2017 Fashion Show New York City; Photo by Melodie Jeng/WireImage and received from Time.com

Coming from a background of journalism, her passion for writing and reporting was in her nature. Her father was also a journalist, who taught her the importance of ‘making what you’re creating and writing relevant to the youth of the time.’

Anna loved fashion from a young age; one of her first jobs was as a Biba girl in London’s prime fashion location in the sixties, Biba.

After that she hopped back and forth between many magazines such as British Vogue, Home & Garden magazine, for which she held Editor-in-Chief roles briefly, before she ultimately became editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine in America.

Anna has been a major influence and has been making statements from the very start of becoming the head of Vogue, which she took over from Grace Mirabella in 1988.
The first cover under Anna’s name was in November 1988 where model Michaela Bercu, wore a Christian Lacroix Jacket and blue denim jeans. The jeans were considered an option as the model could not fit into the matching Lacroix skirt, but nonetheless, this was the first pair of jeans to be photographed for a cover of Vogue and thus, fashion history was made.

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Anna continues to make fashion history being one of the first editors to start featuring celebrities on the covers instead of your typical model.

It has been 31 years since Anna was appointed the editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine and she is still a force to be reckoned with; a major voice in fashion. While she’s not in her office, she’s also the chair for the MET Gala in New York City, which showcases a fashion exhibit on the first Monday of May every year. This is an event where celebrities and fashion professional alike come to celebrate fashion.

While Anna Wintour is known for being a controversial figure, she has definitely taken the time of late to portray a fun side of her through Vogue and other comical videos with Amy Schumer and Meryl Streep, who also played her counterpart in The Devil Wears Prada.

Anna Wintour is, without a doubt, the most influential figure and woman in the fashion industry at the moment, and she’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.


“Just be true to yourself, and listen as much as one is able to to other people whose opinions you respect and look up to but in the end it has to come from you. You can’t really worry too much by looking to the left and the right about what the competition is doing or what other people in your field are doing. It has to be a true vision.”

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