Since 1988, Anna Wintour has been making and breaking designers as editor in chief of Vogue. The first Vogue cover of her career featured a jeans-clad 19-year-old in a $10,000 sweater. It’s a visual pastiche of high and low, and by today’s fashion magazine standards, it doesn’t make much of an impression. But it’s important to remember that Ms. Wintour ushered in that revolutionary standard.
Still at the forefront of the fashion world, Ms. Wintour glides between international fashion week shows and political fund-raisers (she has been a big Obama supporter). She launched Fashion’s Night Out just four years ago as a charity effort in New York, and the event has spread globally. It is debated how much Miranda Priestly, the fierce fictional fashion editor from The Devil Wears Prada, is based on Ms. Wintour (also referred to as “Nuclear Wintour”). But one thing remains entirely clear: as R.J. Cutler, who directed a behind-the-scenes documentary on Vogue called The September Issue, has put it, “you can’t succeed in the fashion industry without Anna Wintour’s blessing.”