Anna Wintour Talks Women’s Marches, Politics and More

Vogue EIC headlines The Business of Fashion's special "America" issue

From a journalism nuts-and-bolts perspective, one of the intriguing aspects about Part 1 of The Business of Fashion CEO Imran Amed’s discussion with Anna Wintour is that it truly was a truncated session. He met with Wintour at the Condé Nast New York offices in late March, and Part 2, which will publish online tomorrow, was conducted separately several weeks later on April 10.

Amed explains in an italicized note at the bottom of Part 1 that the staggered interview-session structure is due, in part, to the fact that Wintour ‘doesn’t like long meetings.’ At the beginning of the transcribed conversation, the Condé Nast artistic director and Vogue EIC offers up an intriguing anecdote:

“I was so moved by the [women’s] marches that I asked our features department to find somebody who had actually marched in the ’60s. They found a wonderful writer called Mary Gordon. She had to sneak out of the house, not tell her mother, not tell anybody and go and march, and then sneak back into the house and her family never knew. This time of course, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, boyfriends, husbands, whatever–everybody was marching together. So it was interesting to see how much the world has changed.”

The resulting piece, “50 Years After Protesting Vietnam, More Reasons Than Ever to March,” published online April 14. Meanwhile, the print version of the BofF Spring/Summer “America” issue ships this week. Here’s part of what else is explored in Special Issue #9:

We traveled across the country to assess the risks and rewards of doing business in Trump’s America and decode the wider waves of change emanating from the USA. … In Columbus, Ohio, we examined America’s long-suffering mall brands. In Hollywood, we spoke with the ringmasters of American entertainment who have their eyes firmly fixed on the opportunity at the intersection of fashion and popular culture. In Atlanta, Georgia, we examined the coming of so-called “sewbots” and the new industrial revolution in automated garment manufacturing.

The issue also presents the publication’s first annual “The Best Companies to Work For in Fashion.” Sewbots need not peruse.

Previously on Fishbowl:
Anna Wintour Answers The Scene’s 73 Questions

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.