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The September Issue2009

The September Issue (2009)



Critic 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.

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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 (47)

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.

April 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The September Issue is a misshapen, mix-and-match affair, an ill-fitting ensemble of individually compelling pieces.

October 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Give [Anna Wintour] a knife and a temper-raising goose and she wouldn't be out of place chasing a screeching Karen Black around her apartment.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Grace, the movie implies, is the genius behind what Vogue really sells, which is romantic aspirational fantasies for women.

October 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

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.

October 1, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4

A mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity.

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

Audience Reviews for The September Issue


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


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 nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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