09/14/12 - 0 Comments
Anna Wintour Becomes a Pinterest Power Player
Gaga graced the cover of Vogue‘s September issue this year, and it is not the only risky decision Anna Wintour has made of late. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Fashion Bible, Wintour succumbed to social media pressure and created her very own Pinterest board on the Vogue account.
Whether it’s the work of Ms. Wintour herself (or the pet project of the luckiest intern alive) remains to be determined, but, thus far, Vogue is standing firm that the images are all personal selections from the Editor-in-Chief herself. And iconic images they are! From frog legs to fierce snakes, Churchill to Chanel, the photographs are a resplendent round-up of the climactic collision among history, culture and fashion. We wouldn’t expect anything less than perfection from Ms. Wintour.
Most enlightening into the inner World of Wintour is her penchant for stark, provocative images. It comes as no surprise that her dear friend and legendary fashion photographer Irving Penn takes up much of the still-sparse board. Penn started his photographic sojourn for Vogue in the 1940s, long before Wintour joined the masthead in 1988. Her selections from his magnum opus are compelling. A shocking still-life of an artfully arranged raw oyster, frog legs and calamari accompanied a 1989 article on food phobias—at first, we were repulsed, then intrigued, than oddly…infatuated. The image gets the message across, sans pomp and circumstance, searing into the viewer’s memory. Wintour is wise to remind Vogue readers to revisit that memory.
Also leaving us in awe is a 1948 Cecil Beaton photo of Charles James pastel ball gowns (reminiscent of Raf Simons’ debut at Dior, no?), a Cleopatra-esque portrait involving a perfectly color-blocked snake and a black-and-white image of a corset that serves as a reminder as to why women stopped wearing them (talk about time consuming!). The rhino mouse, we could do without, but what Wintour wants, Wintour gets. The mouse stays. We are looking forward to your next pinning frenzy, Ms. Wintour—someone should have warned you about the addictive activity long ago!
Photo credit: Vogue