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In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

Fri Mar 8, 9-10.20pm, Sky Atlantic

By Phil Harrison
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The first warning sign comes early. ‘Fashion can tell you everything that’s going on in the world.’ But can it, Anna Wintour? Can it really? Or is that quote just a hint of the monumental self-absorption affecting those at the higher levels of the industry? This film is essentially a ramble through Vogue’s plentiful back pages, via the reminiscences of various editors and contributors.

The co-operation of the multitude of fashionista heavy-hitters involved suggests that the film won’t attempt much more than uncritical celebration. Which is fine, if haute couture is your bag. But a good documentary also gives the indifferent a reason to care. And on those terms, this fails utterly. Probably the best moment involves the sight of a model in a decorative leg brace, but only because it prompts memories of Alan Partridge’s ‘A Partridge in Paris’ collection. Otherwise, a po-faced, self-involved and thoroughly tedious affair.
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