Spokespeople at American Vogue have flat-out denied that Anna Wintour is working on a memoir, but that hasn’t stopped speculation that the devil who wears Prada is putting her life story on paper.
Page Six reported Monday that Wintour has been looking since last spring for a writer to help her condense 23 years at Vogue into a book. Others have suggested that Mark Holgate, who replaced Sally Singer as fashion news director at the magazine last year, is helping Wintour write the tome. Speculation as to which designer — or designers — will write the book’s foreword is rampant. “She’ll never choose just one designer,” a source said.
Of course, tell-all memoirs have a tendency to come at the end of high-profile careers — Bill Clinton didn’t write My Life until he was out of the Oval Office, and Patti Smith‘s Just Kids just came out last year. Rumors about Wintour leaving the magazine have a tendency to crop up every few years, but if she’s actually working on her memoirs, maybe it means she’s ready for life after Conde Nast. Then again, Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington and European editor Hamish Bowles don’t appear to be leaving the magazine any time soon, and they both have had biographies in the works in the past few months.
But we get the feeling that a Wintour biography would ultimately serve one of two purposes: the book will either gracefully close her tenure at the magazine or it would give her the chance to explain some things about herself (why she always wears the same boots, getting carried down flights of stairs) that have been swirling around ever since The Devil Wears Prada got turned into a motion picture.
Of course the added benefit of putting your life story (or even just your work story) on paper is that it more or less secures your place in history. And we’re sure Wintour will want to make sure her contributions to the industry will be remembered.