Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

I recently watched the HBO documentary “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye” and was introduced to the distinct styles of American Vogue fashion editors, past and present.  Though previous Vogue documentary “The September Issue” captured the daily on-goings of Anna Wintour’s modern-day Vogue, “The Editor’s Eye” documents the evolution of Vogue editorials or “sittings” through the idiosyncratic vision of the fashion editors responsible for creating “life after fashion”.  It was enchanting to go behind the scenes of some of Vogue’s most iconic and notorious editorials, getting the inside scoop from the mastermind herself.  The accompanying coffee table book of the same name, provides detailed chapters on each editor and some of their most notable editorial work at Vogue.  I found the following editors to have the most intriguing personalities and most alluring sittings:

Babs Simpson  1947-1972

“Penn once said he spent more time with me than anybody in his life, and he didn’t say it with joy, either”

Babs Simpson

Photographed by Irving Penn


“Last Sittings”

Marilyn Monroe in Dior Haute Couture

Photographed by Bert Stern

September 1962

Marilyn Monroe died three weeks after this shoot

Marie-Lise Gres in front of the Paris Opera

Photographed by William Klein

March 15,1963

Polly Allen Mellen  1966-1991

“My motto was always: Be Daring!”

Polly Mellen

Photographed by Richard Avedon

August 21,1975

Veruschka with George Segal’s Walking Man

Photographed by Horst P. Horst

November 11, 1966


Photographed by Richard Avedon

July 1,1967

Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele  1985-1995

“I never take clothes of designers, like runway look #5, and shoot just that.  I always do my own salade”

Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele

Photographed by Mario Testino


Michaela Bercu in Christian Lacroix couture and jeans

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh

November 1988

Anna Wintour’s first US Vogue cover as editor-in-chief

Niki Taylor, Nadja Auermann, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, & Carla Bruni in Chanel suits

Photographed by Steven Meisel


Grace Coddington  1988-Present

“I am probably the last surviving fashion editor who actually touches the clothes”

Grace Coddington

Photographed by Sheila Metzner

April 2011

Alice in Wonderland

Natalia Vodianova as Alice, Stephen Jones as the Madhatter, & Christian Lacroix as the March Hare

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

December 2003

Beauty and the Beast

Drew Barrymore

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

April 2005

Tonne Goodman  1999-Present

“Style becomes more important than fashion”

Tonne Goodman

Photographed by Arthur Elgort

April 2011

Christy Turlington

Photographed by Steven Klein

October 2002

Rooney Mara

Photographed by Mert Atlas & Marcus Piggott


Phyllis Posnick  1987-Present

“I have one shot at getting the reader to stop flipping through the magazine, so it has to be provocative or shocking, beautiful or unusual, or nobody’s going to pay attention”

Phyllis Posnick

Photographed by Bruce Weber

October 2007

Lisa Cant in a mask by Peter Philips

Photographed by Irving Penn

December 2005

Cate Blanchett in Balenciaga

Photographed by Irving Penn

July 2007