The Devil Really Does Wear Prada

For this week's industry job "day in the life," I chose to write about the profession of a fashion magazine editor-in-chief. I chose this mainly because I recently submitted my long-form print project, taking on the challenge of writing and designing a magazine spread meant for publication venues such as Vogue, and was surprised with how much I enjoyed designing it. Check it out here!


For this week’s day in the life I chose to research Anna Wintour, I chose Anna because many of us have actually seen Anna’s career on the big screen in a way, when the popular film “The Devil Wears Prada” premiered. Few people are aware that Lauren Weisberger, a former assistant to Anna Winter, who left Vogue, wrote The Devil Wears Prada. however, I would like to write from a perspective more fitting to Anna, rather than her upset assistant.

→ A fashion Editior-in-Chief supervises, as well as, makes all final decisions on the creating, developing, and presenting content for the magazine, website, Newspaper, or in some cases, multiple of these.  Anna Wintour has held the position of Amercian Vogue Editor-in-Cheif since 1988 and in 2013 also became the creative director for Condé Nast, publisher of Vogue.

The daily work of a Fashion Editor-in-cheif can vary day-by-day. They hold the responsibility of what goes out on the shelves has their name behind it. And many people in the industry are expecting top notch from Anna Wintour specifically. Typical work includes supervising editors and writers, writing and editing work themselves, directing and creating fashion photo shoots, choosing images for final publication, choosing trends, items, topics, and themes that are fitting to seasons, runways, society’s interests, and new and emerging trends that fit their publication. Networking with professionals including designers, models, photographers, and public relations in the industry is crucial. And are also responsible for researching trends that are ahead or above other publications.


According to Publishing powerhouses Conde Nast and Hearst receive thousands of resumes a year, and getting into one of their publications is the style equivalent to an acceptance letter from Harvard. Many are called, but only a few of the fashion-mad are chosen. It’s not all about who you know. Some editors do hire candidates based intelligence and passion. “When I’m hiring assistants and interns,” a fashion director says, “I always look for a high aptitude as well as a real energy for the clothes. I mean, the job is not that exciting. I want someone who’ll swoon when the Versace gowns come in, because that’s what makes it worth it. Invitations to the best fashion shows and parties, discounted designer clothing, champagne on tap…. A fashion editor’s life may sound heavenly, but the journey to front-row Nirvana is no easy 8-Path Guide to Entitlement.”


Anna Wintour was born on November 3rd of 1949 and got to where she is today at Conde Nast through climbing the editorial ladder taking jobs at many publications including, Harper’s & Queen in London, Harper’s Bazaar, Savvy, and remains at Condé Nast where she landed her job in 1986. She is known for her pageboy bob hair cut and large dark sunglasses, very similar to Miranda’s look in “The Devil Wears Prada“. (You see now?) Even though Anna would never say this about herself, it is very clear the type of fashion influence she is. Not only with what she chooses to feature in Voque magazine, but also the designers she uncovers. Wintour is known to be hard to work for and for a lack of better words, cold, according to former employees and acquaintances. However Wintour isn’t oblivious to this, she says: “I’m very driven by what I do, I am certainly very competitive. I like people who represent the best at what they do, and if that turns you into a perfectionist than maybe I am.”

→ There are two distinct jobs when talking about editing though. there are stylists, such as harpers bazaar who will arrange photoshoots and help designers edit collections and advertising images. And then there are market editors who must travel to cities, showrooms, and choose the right clothing for the right stories, but also in charge of getting the garments to and from venues and being more of an organizer for all the elements. Both jobs are highly sought after however a stylist editor is more of the creative and individual editing that Miranda gives us a taste in The Devil Wears Prada, but I would personally say that Anna Wintour does both as editor-in-chief ♥

“People Respond Well to those that are sure of what they want.” – Anna Wintour