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This Happened—November 3: The Face of Fashion

The editor in chief of Vogue since 1988, Anna Wintour now acts as Global Chief Content Officer for its parent company Condé Nast. Wintour has made her name as arguably the most influential person of her generation in fashion and glossy publishing.


Where is Anna Wintour from?

Anna Wintour was born in the upscale Hampstead neighborhood of London to British and American parents. She attended the private North London Collegiate School where many say she rebelled against the dress code, taking up the hemlines of her skirts.

How did Anna Wintour become a journalist?

The daughter of a British newspaper editor, Anna Wintour was destined for success when she began her career working for a series of fashion publications. In 1970, when Harper's Bazaar UK merged with Queen to become Harper's & Queen, Wintour was hired as one of its first editorial assistants, beginning her career in fashion journalism.

What was the impact of Anna Wintour on fashion?

When she finally landed at UK Vogue in 1985, Wintour took advantage of her position as an editor to exert her control over the department. Wintour replaced many of the existing staff, earning her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour.” Wintour’s changes moved the magazine away from beauty and pandered more to women interested in business. When she became the editor in chief of Vogue in 1988, Wintour began a lifelong career which would bring unprecedented success to the magazine, even adapting as the advent of the internet threatened the industry.

Is Anna Wintour really the inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada?

It's hard to deny that it's her, or some version of her. The author of the the 2003 book, The Devil Wears Prada, was Lauren Weisberger, who worked as a former personal assistant to Wintour at Vogue. The bestselling book was later adapted for the screen in a 2006 film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a magazine editor who runs her fashion and publishing empire ... like an empress.

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

Photo of a father with a son on his shoulders

Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

-Essay-

When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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