Why Editor Alexandra Shulman Won’t Let People Behind The Scenes
We’ve all seen The September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada, and so we have hefty fodder on which to base our fantasies when it comes to pondering what goes on the behind the scenes at our favorite magazines. But apparently it’s not all that exciting.
British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman sat down for a discussion with Topshop’s chief marketing officer Justin Cook, and admitted that her job consists mostly of sitting on the computer all day, instant messaging with employees to get things done. Sounds…pretty familiar.
Shulman is hitting the circuit in support of her new novel Can We Still Be Friends. It’s surprising she ever found the time to pen the book with her schedule — between consulting on Kate Middleton’s fashion choices and launching Miss Vogue this year — but it’s likely all those typing skills came in handy. In the interview, Shulman recalls being approached multiple times by filmmakers looking for an inside glimpse into her world. But the resulting footage was, well, anticlimactic:
“About five years ago I changed my mind and decided, yes we’ll do it [in regards to allowing cameramen into the offices]. So a production company sent in this really lovely girl to film us to make a documentary on Vogue but they found us all so nice and well behaved and boring that they gave up. They wanted ‘trouble at the top’ or some sort of drama and there weren’t any! And if there were, they weren’t getting anywhere near it.”
We’d be willing to bet that things get a little spicy at times, but Shulman wisely stays mum about any drama. Maybe her new career as a fiction writer is where she’s channeling all the gossip… In which case, pick up Can We Still Be Friends and let us know what goes down.