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My Tryst with Anna Wintour

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Fashion Week at Madame Tussauds

Anna Wintour can be called the ‘Iron Lady’ of Fashion. She has rightfully earned a place in the Madame Tussauds, London. Subhadrika Sen writes about her thoughts on seeing this lady during her visit to the Museum

It was a rainy day in London when I first visited the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. I found myself amidst the wax figurines of great world Leaders and inspirational personalities. Among them, I saw, a sleek figurine with an oversized sunglass and a bob-cut hairstyle- Anna Wintour.

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Anna Wintour

 Anna Wintour and Fashion can be simultaneously used. She believes “Fashion’s not about looking back. It’s always about looking forward.” It was a rainy day in London when I first visited the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. I found myself amidst the wax figurines of great world Leaders and inspirational personalities. Among them, I saw, a sleek figurine with an oversized sunglass and a bob-cut hairstyle- Anna Wintour.

 Anna Wintour and Fashion can be simultaneously used. Her contribution to the Fashion industry dates back to 1988, when she took over reigns as the editor of the New York Vogue Magazine. This is a position she still maintains after almost twenty eight years.

By just looking at a wax statue, I could gauge the personality of this authoritative and intimidating figure. I could feel that her personality is her biggest strength and the decisive factor behind the Fashion industry. Having read about her earlier, I knew that she is vocal about her opinions and knows exactly what she wants. People respect her and yet fear her, at the same time. She has always stepped in the shoes of an honest critique of Fashion and does not hesitate to reject that, which does not suite her agendas.

Anna seemed an approachable figure for new fashion designers. She believes in being accessible for those she needs to be accessible to. With Wintour seeming like a strong leader, I could make out that certain difference of opinions between her and her colleagues would not be unheard of. But with time and years of working together, a mutual understanding would remain, which ultimately brought out, the best in her magazine, despite internal differences.

It seemed that she was never afraid of experimenting with fashion. She was responsible for reviving fur fashion, which ushered in a lot of criticism. However, she stated her opinion in the controversy by explaining that she was a good listener to all opinions but a follower of her own heart.

The cover of 'The September Issue'
The cover of ‘The September Issue’

Wintour’s fame has been represented in a video documentary of the making of the September Issue.  Titled The September Issue and directed by R.L Cutler, this documentary is a step by step behind-the-scenes guide to the making of the most prestigious issue of Vogue released in September each year. In the fashion world, “September is the new January”. The famous book which was later adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathway, The Devil Wears Prada is also said to be based on her.  

A Scene from 'The Devil Wears Prada' starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathway
A Scene from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathway

Thus, I felt that Anna had earned her way to the Editorial post of the most prestigious Fashion Magazine of the world.  Her personality was highly intimidating and inspiring. In true sense of the statement, she decides Fashion and she is Fashion. I would personally love to follow in her footsteps and become an ideal and an inspiration for many through sheer determination and hard work in the future.