Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour, OBE ( born November 3, 1949 in London) is since 1988 the editor of the U.S. edition of Vogue, and thus the most influential woman in the fashion industry. Her career began in 1970 at the magazine Harper 's Bazaar. In 1986 she became editor of British Vogue, 1987, the House and Garden.

Family and Childhood

Anna Wintour is the daughter of Charles Vere Wintour, former editor of the Evening Standard and Eleanor ( " Nonie " ) Trego Baker, daughter of a Harvard law professor. The couple was married from 1940 to 1979. From the marriage come four other siblings: James Charles, Director General of Gravesham Borough Council, Nora Hilary, Director of Public Services International in Geneva and Patrick Walter, political journalist and political editor of the British newspaper The Guardian. Anna Wintour's eldest brother, Gerald Jackson Wintour, died as a child.

Anna Wintour's stepmother is the journalist Audrey Slaughter, founder of the magazines Honey and petticoat.


Anna Wintour attended the North London Collegiate School, which she left at age 16. She decided not to go to college, but was trained at Harrods in London.

Your career as a fashion journalist, she began in 1970, as " Harper 's Bazaar " briefly with "Queen" to " Harpers & Queen" merged. There they built on innovative new locations for shooting. For example, they presented works of Renoir and Monet after with models in go-go boots. After a short time at a magazine called " Savvy " Wintour 1975, a junior fashion editor at " Harper 's Bazaar " in New York to be decided.

In 1986, Wintour editor of British Vogue and " House & Garden" in the following year. Under her leadership, the American Vogue refocused exclusively on fashion. The September 2007 issue had a circumference of 832 pages and was the strongest page published monthly magazine that is published by then. Wintour is also responsible for the introduction of the three sister magazines: "Teen Vogue ", " Vogue Living " and "Men's Vogue". Your commitment, which was largely responsible for the success of the magazine, helped her to the "Editor of the Year".


Anna Wintour is often described as the most influential woman in the fashion industry, they set trends and promotes new designers. You decide which designers to appear in Vogue. "The Guardian" called " unofficial mayoress of New York City " - ie " the unofficial mayor of New York ." It has a major role in the success of designers such as John Galliano ( Christian Dior ) or Michael Kors.

The bestseller " The Devil wears Prada " (Eng. ' The Devil Wears Prada ') by Lauren Weisberger is based on the experiences of the author as a personal assistant of Anna Wintour. The book was made ​​into a film in 2006 starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, which should embody Wintour, and Anne Hathaway in the position of Lauren Weisberger.

The documentary " The September Issue " by RJ Cutler (premiere: 2009 ) deals with the emergence of the Vogue September 2007 issue - weighing nearly five pounds, the single largest issue of a magazine that has ever been published. The film shows not only insights into the hectic everyday work world of fashion and personal, quiet moments in the life of Anna Wintour and her longtime creative chief Grace Coddington.

Private life

In 1984 she married the child psychologist David Shaffer and got him two children. The couple divorced in 1999.

Wintour is a curator of the " Metropolitan Museum of Art" in New York. They also founded the " CFDA / Vogue Fund" to promote unknown designers.