The September Issue

2009

The September Issue

Critics Consensus

This doc about the making of Vogue's biggest issue and its frosty editor-in-chief is fascinating eye candy and light-on-its-feet fun.

83%

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Total Count: 114

71%

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User Ratings: 49,590
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"The September Issue" is an intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of "Vogue" magazine for 20 years, and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour's Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and reshoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington, incomparable creative director and fashion genius. They are perfectly matched for the age-old conflict between creator and curator. Through them, we see close-up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field.

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Critic Reviews for The September Issue

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (39)

  • The frosty Winter is renowned for being something of a human steamroller, but the documentary shows the more interesting character to be her right-hand woman and creative director, Grace Coddington...One for the fashionistas.

    Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Grace, the movie implies, is the genius behind what Vogue really sells, which is romantic aspirational fantasies for women.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it's fun for fashionholics just to watch a movie in which people say "It's a famine of beauty!" and "The jacket is the new coat," the film becomes more substantial as it narrows its focus to two people: an artist and a curator.

    Oct 1, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity.

    Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Coddington, at least, gives us an appreciation of the talent seeing to it that the grandest fashion magazine of them all still sells the dream of glamour with style.

    Sep 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An insider's view of high fashion's ultimate tastemakers proves it's not just for aficionados.

    Sep 18, 2009

Audience Reviews for The September Issue

  • Mar 17, 2011
    Kind of interesting, and kind of everything you'd expect it to be. Wanted less of Wintour being bitchy and more of why she was being bitchy.
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    You're screen will practically frost over from Anna Wintour's icy personality but this is an interesting inside look at the organization of Vogue's big issue.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2010
    It is strangely fascinating to have a close look at the creative process behind the biggest issue of the most influential fashion magazine in the planet and see how one woman's personal opinion can have such an incredible weight and impact on the fashion industry in general.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2010
    asubject that isnt that interesting to me at least, vogue magazine in newyork and there very famous september issue which they are preping here. and getting to know the editor whos been there for about 20 years, some confrontaion on show and sparks in the office which is always a good thing
    scott g Super Reviewer

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