“Fashion can tell you everything that’s going on in the world with a strong fashion image. The people responsible for fashion images in Vogue are the fashion editors; they have always been our secret weapon.”
They won’t be secret for much longer, however, when the new documentary In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye airs tomorrow, December 6, at 9PM on HBO. The film profiles the family of legendary fashion editors that have created the magazine’s most iconic images from the early 20th century until today. From the dark and meticulous eye of Camilla Nickerson to the fantastical style of Grace Coddington, the subjects’ vast range of styles and personalities is communicated through stories, images, and interviews.
During a Q+A session following a screening we attended earlier this week, filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey spoke about their learning experience over the course of production: “Even though we had decided early on to do a film about fashion editors,” they enthused, “as we got to know them, especially from Babs [Simpson, Vogue editor from 1947-1972] up until the contemporary ones, I think we were also discovering more and more about the history of Vogue and about the evolution of fashion — this incredible story of it going from elitist, high society targeted towards a very small audience to what we all know as fashion today.”
They did, however, characterize the editors as “not eager at all” to participate, preferring to let the images to do talking rather than putting themselves in the spotlight: “These are women who are about their work, not about publicizing themselves.” While they seem to have become more amenable to the idea over the course of filming, sharing the tales behind shoots like Marilyn Monroe‘s “Last Sitting” with Bert Stern six weeks before her death and Wintour’s first ever cover for the magazine in 1988, they stayed true to their behind-the-scenes roots at last night’s screening of the film at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
All of the fashion editors present who were profiled in the film (Coddington, Tonne Goodman, and Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele) wore head-to-toe black, leaving the designer duds and flashy accessories to guests like Sarah Jessica Parker and Tory Burch.
See all of the glamorous attendees below and tune in to see the film for yourself tomorrow on HBO: