One To Watch: The September Issue


I’ve been meaning to do a post on this one for ages. This is one of my favourite documentaries.  If you are even remotely into fashion or just want to find out how the biggest fashion magazine in the world, puts its biggest issue of the year together, than you are going to love this. You all know how much I adore Vogue magazine (take a look at Vogue’s Marie Antoinette shoot here and Keira Knightly’s Anna Karenina shoot here), so I’m sure you’re not too surprised that this is getting its own post!

‘The September Issue’ is a 2009 American documentary film about the behind-the-scenes drama that follows editor-in-chief  Anna Wintour and her staff during the production of the September 2007 issue of American Vogue Magazine. The fly-on-the-wall film is directed by R.J Cutler and gives the audience a fantastic glimpse into the renowned magazine and its staff.  The film revolves around the making of the Vogue September 2007 issue. It depicts the effort that goes into making the magazine, and the passion that the amazing Grace Coddington, a former model turned creative director (and the only person who dares to stand up to Anna Wintour), has for the highly-regarded fashion magazine. In the film, Coddington is often portrayed as the leading victim to Wintour’s somewhat aggressive and demanding personality, but Grace is well able to hold her own! The film is largely taken from Grace’s point of view and you really get a chance to see what an amazing, creative mind she has as she puts all the shoots together and even has to re-shoot a spread entirely in two days!


What I also like is that despite Wintour’s very bad tough-as-nails reputation, you do get to see a softer side to her and herself and Grace, despite their clashes throughout, make a fantastic team.  Their relationship reveals itself to be symbiotic towards the end  as Wintour recognises Coddington’s expertise and keen eye for design and Grace recognises what Anna has done for fashion and the magazine. The film opened to very good reviews and is one of the best documentaries on fashion out there today. You can check it out now on Netflix.

All Vogue and Fashion lovers, must watch this! Check out the trailer below:

Have you seen this? What did you think of it?


  1. Absolutely! lovely film. Bill Cunningham’s New York should also be mentioned! He backs his statement of “The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be” to perfection in that film. And also gives you an idea of how simple beauty really is, and how is always up to you, the beholder, to catch it!

    Lovely blog!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much! Delighted to hear you’re liking the website!! 😀