By Bill Keith
R.J. Cutler�s documentary The September Issue goes deep inside the offices of Vogue magazine as Anna Wintour and her minions assemble their biggest issue ever. We talk to Wintour�s creative director (and former Vogue model), Grace Coddington, the film�s not-so-unlikely star.
You seemed to really enjoy having the film crew in your office.
They were all so charming and nice. They really seduced me. Or believe me, I wouldn�t have been in it. I used them to my advantage wherever I could.
After seeing the movie do you think viewers will find the fashion world more or less sympathetic?
I hope they see the hard work that goes into it. Ugh, if one more person mentions The Devil Wears Prada! Can we get over it?
Did you see it?
I can�t even remember whether I saw it or not because there was so much talk about it. How could [author Lauren Weisberger] take a job working with Anna and then write that? I feel that�s so disloyal and cheap. But, you know, the girl made a fortune. Hey, what can I say?
How would you characterize your dynamic with Anna?
We understand each other very well, and we know how far to push each other. She doesn�t want things to come easy. She constantly challenges you. I think you have to be quite cold and harsh about decisions to edit. And that�s what somehow she does.
Is there anything missing from the film?
No, I think it�s very real. If they had shown more, it would have become repetitive. We do spend an awful lot of time standing looking at a rack of clothes. But I would have liked to see my cat. They came to my house, and they filmed my cat, and I swear [the director] said, �Oh, he winked at me, and I got it.� But I didn�t see that in the movie!
Don�t tell Anna, but you�re totally the star.
Well, I�m big and red. You can�t miss me!