Anna Wintour
Editor-in-chief of Vogue
Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour, OBE is the English-born editor-in-chief of American Vogue, a position she has held since 1988. With her trademark pageboy bob haircut and sunglasses, Wintour has become an institution throughout the fashion world, widely praised for her eye for fashion trends and her support for younger designers. Her reportedly aloof and demanding personality has earned her the nickname "Nuclear Wintour".
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Kanye West Doesn't Want You To See Yeezy Season 5, But Here It Is Anyway
Huffington Post - 10 days
Anyone who has waited to see the inevitable debauchery of Kanye West’s Yeezy fashion show this year was probably disappointed. Just moments before show time, it was announced that that there would be no live stream of the event. Yeezy Season 5 will not have a stream. No photos, phones, or social media allowed. Press has already been removed. — HUNTER CLARK (@huntercclark) February 15, 2017 Yeezy Season 5 has some of the tightest security I've seen. They just kicked out all the credentialed press for no reason. — ©DanBassini (@DanBassini) February 15, 2017 Here’s what you need to know about Yeezy Season 5, https://t.co/ThKxg5PPYB is updating live. NO photos, phones or social media. pic.twitter.com/SMA26G0xJZ — dmfashionbook (@dmfashionbook) February 15, 2017 To add insult to monochromatic injury, not only was there no live stream, but attendees were informed there were also no photos or videos permitted during the show. Press w ...
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Anna Wintour on Fashion, Politics and Vogue
Wall Street Journal - 16 days
The Vogue editor plans issues to celebrate female power as the publication turns 125. As New York Fashion Week starts, she’s working on defining fashion’s role in today’s political climate: “Designers are not blind to what’s going on.”
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How Anna Wintour’s Longtime Party Planner Turned to Trump
NYTimes - about 1 month
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former director of special events for Vogue, helps plan an inauguration that is distressing many in the fashion world.
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Anna Wintour, Mark Rylance and Others Named for British Honors List
NYTimes - about 2 months
The opera singer Bryn Terfel, the Kinks singer Ray Davies and photographer Don McCullin also received the award.
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Anna Wintour, Mark Rylance and Others Named for British Honors List
NYTimes - about 2 months
The opera singer Bryn Terfel, the Kinks singer Ray Davies and photographer Don McCullin also received the award.
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UK Olympic athletes, Posh Spice and Andy Murray honored in Queen's New Year List
Yahoo News - about 2 months
By Adela Suliman LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic athlete Mo Farah, tennis star Andy Murray, actor Mark Rylance, comedian Ken Dodd and Kinks musician Ray Davies have been knighted in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honors List. Spice Girl and designer Victoria Beckham was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) while other fashion notables included Anna Wintour editor-in-chief of "American Vogue" and accessories designer, Anya Hindmarch. The biannual honors list is released on the Queen's official birthday in June and at the end of each year.
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Gwen Stefani Is Not Playing Games In This Elaborate, Midriff-Baring Ombre Gown
Huffington Post - 3 months
When you’re a Woman of the Year, you’ve got to go big or go home. Gwen Stefani pulled out all the stops Monday night at Glamour’s Women of the Year party in a jaw-dropping Marchesa gown with a peplum, larger-than-life full skirt and a bare midriff created by criss-crossing halter straps.  Stefani was named “The Icon” for decades of showing “how to summon strength through self-expression,” the magazine wrote, and was joined by a slew of notable attendees at the bash in Los Angeles. Fellow recipient Simone Biles looked gorgeous in a blue and black fitted dress, while Tracee Ellis Ross wowed in red metallics. Vogue editor Anna Wintour even took off her sunglasses for the occasion. Check out the many noteworthy looks and attendees at Glamour’s Women of the Year awards below.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=56416d71e4b0307f2caecc87,56462070e4b045bf3deedfa2,5829e1f6e4b060adb56f5203 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffi ...
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Party Coverage: Scene City: Michael Kors, Anna Wintour, Kate Hudson and Blaine Trump at God’s Love We Deliver Gala
NYTimes - 4 months
The event raised $2.6 million to help provide meals to vulnerable New Yorkers living with HIV and other illnesses.
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New York’s Secret Garden
NYTimes - 5 months
A hidden oasis in Greenwich Village that Anna Wintour, Bob Dylan and Baz Luhrmann have called home.
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Fendi flashes glitter-lipped vision of summer
Yahoo News - 5 months
With the help of superstar models Gigi and Bella Hadid, Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday unveiled his vision of what stylish young women will be wearing next summer: glitter lips and big pants that everyone can see. The veteran German designer's latest work for Fendi was a playful affair -- or "decorative opulence twisted with an athletic elan," as he put it in his notes to the Roman house's 2017 Spring/Summer collection. Tennis champion Serena Williams provided some sporting star power to the front row, chatting animatedly with fashion Godmother Anna Wintour and veteran style correspondent Suzy Menkes.
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See Katy Perry's First Foray Into Designing Footwear
Huffington Post - 5 months
Photos via Rony Alwin for FUN--MAG.com. Despite her association with flamboyant fashion, WWD reports that Katy Perry has finally decided to add "designer" to her résumé. Perry announced that she is teaming up with Hong Kong-based fashion-branding giant Global Brands Group on a line of footwear. Her ever-expanding beauty empire also includes a fragrance license with Coty, Inc. and her own collection of CoverGirl makeup. Perry's fondness for fashion is no secret: she said that in an alternate universe, she would have been a stylist rather than a singer -- and that she has a particular affinity for footwear. "I have a two-car garage full of shoes and my dream is to bring personality shoes to the marketplace at an affordable price for women [ages] 16 to 40 or beyond," she told WWD in an interview. Perry said that she is inspired by designers like Charlotte Olympia, Sophia Webster, and Kurt Geiger, but wants her collection to be at a more accessible price point: between $ ...
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Anna Wintour’s Garden
NYTimes - 7 months
A tour of the editor’s romantic Long Island garden — with her friend Miranda Brooks, the landscape designer who created it.
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1970s Hillary Clinton Had The Wardrobe Of Your Dreams
Huffington Post - 7 months
Hillary Clinton might very well be on her way to being the first female president of the United States, but when it comes to style, she’s been ruling the game for pretty much ever.  Sure, today she is known for her affection for the pantsuit, but there’s a way more complex wardrobe happening with Hill than you might think. Over the years there have been mini-skirts! Bold patterns! And an unshakable, undeniable, totally on-brand love of the color blue. Her keen fashion sense shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. After all, this is a woman who has some of the biggest names in fashion on her team and who is reportedly getting presidential fashion advice from the HBIC herself, Anna Wintour.  Ahead of her speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, join us in swooning over some of her best looks throughout the years.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consump ...
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Kylie Jenner Giving Tyga 'Another Shot' At Grossing Us Out For Years To Come
Huffington Post - 8 months
Brace for impact: the renaissance of Kylie Jenner and Tyga might be upon us.  Kylie is like that girl you knew in high school who promised to break up with her inappropriately aged boyfriend before prom and then tried to sneak him in the back door of the gymnasium. Relentless.  The never-ending Kyga carousel made a quick stop at brother-in-law Kanye West's music video premiere in Los Angeles on Friday. Jenner and Tyga were reportedly spotted holding hands as they left the venue together, according to People.  And honestly, who can blame them? We'd want to be close to loved ones after having the image of a naked Donald Trump snuggled in between Anna Wintour and Rihanna seared into our memory. "Kylie and Tyga are giving things another shot," momager Kris Jenner an unnamed source told People. "They are taking things a lot slower this time around, though, and are using their former arguments and fights as a learning curve and as a reference point for a more ...
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Kanye West Sleeps Off Orgy With Taylor Swift And Donald Trump In 'Famous' Music Video
Huffington Post - 8 months
What do former President George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby and Taylor Swift have in common? They're making ("that bitch") Kanye West famous.  The "Life of Pablo" rapper reunited with his forever BFFL controversy in a new NSFW music video for "Famous," featuring some of pop culture's buzziest names lying naked in bed with West and his wife, Kim Kardashian.  West premiered the 8-minute short film at the Los Angeles Forum on Friday night in front of a live audience, including Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Kris Jenner, French Montana and, of course, Kim, as the first single off of his recent album.  Drawing inspiration from realist painter Vincent Desiderio's 2012 mural "Sleep," West positions himself nuzzled between his wife and Swift. The camera then pans to reveal a slew of celebrities (and possible future plaintiffs in the surely inevitable lawsuits) in various states of undress and fast asleep.  We don't ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anna Wintour
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    Soon after, Wintour hired Hildy Kuryk, a former fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and Obama's first campaign.She also supported Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential Campaign, forming part of Clinton's long list of wealthy donors or "Hillblazers".
    More Details Hide Details Lauren Weisberger, a former Wintour assistant who left Vogue for Departures along with Richard Story, wrote The Devil Wears Prada after a writing workshop he suggested she take. It was eagerly anticipated for its supposed insider portrait of Wintour prior to its publication. Wintour told The New York Times, "I always enjoy a great piece of fiction. I haven't decided whether I am going to read it or not." While it has been suggested that the setting and Miranda Priestly were based on Vogue and Wintour, Weisberger claims she drew not only from her own experiences but those of her friends as well. Wintour herself makes a cameo appearance near the end of the book, where it is said she and Miranda dislike each other. In the novel, Miranda has many similarities to Wintour—among them, she is British, has two children, and is described as a major contributor to the Met. Priestly is a tyrant; who makes impossible demands of her subordinates, gives them almost none of the information or time necessary to comply and then berates them for their failures to do so.
    Wintour is seemingly the only person on earth who knows how to run a steady print operation in 2016...
    More Details Hide Details At 10 years old, Miranda Priestley is iconic but ever-so-slightly out of date. Anna Wintour is still the boss " Through the years, she has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful people in fashion, setting trends, and anointing new designers. Industry publicists often hear "Do you want me to go to Anna with this?" when they have differences with her subordinates. The Guardian has called her the "unofficial mayoress" of New York City. She has encouraged fashion houses such as Christian Dior to hire younger, fresher designers such as John Galliano. Her influence extends outside fashion. She persuaded Donald Trump to let Marc Jacobs use a ballroom at the Plaza Hotel for a show when Jacobs and his partner were short of cash. More recently, she persuaded Brooks Brothers to hire the relatively unknown Thom Browne. A protégée at Vogue, Plum Sykes, became a successful novelist, drawing her settings from New York's fashionable élite.
    On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of The Devil Wears Prada's release, in 2016, The Ringer noted how Wintour's personal image had evolved since that film's depiction of Miranda Priestley. "A decade ago this summer, Wintour became a living, breathing avatar for a certain kind of boss—the terrible kind, with 'great' a halfhearted asterisk," wrote Alison Herman. "The Devil Wears Prada transformed Wintour's image from that of a mere public figure into that of a cultural icon."
    More Details Hide Details But since then, "Wintour isn't just redeemed. She's openly admired, Arctic chill and all." The grievances reflected in the novel and film "seem like an increasingly petty complaint when held up against a readership that remains well into the seven figures and the undisputed edge in ad sales that comes with it.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    In January 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art named its Costume Institute complex after Wintour; First Lady Michelle Obama opened it in May of that year.
    More Details Hide Details Wintour starred in The Fashion Fund, which aired on Ovation TV that year as well; she was named the 39th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    In 2013, Condé Nast announced she would be taking on the position of artistic director for the company's magazines while remaining at Vogue.
    More Details Hide Details She assumed some of the responsibilities of Si Newhouse, the company's longtime editorial director, who, in his mid-80s at the time, had begun moving from his role at Condé Nast to join the rest of his family in managing Advance Publications, its parent company. A company spokesman told The New York Times the position was created to keep Wintour. She described it as "an extension of what I am doing, but on a broader scale."
  • 2010
    Age 60
    The American Society of Magazine Editors elected her to its Hall of Fame in 2010.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    In 2009, Wintour began making more media appearances.
    More Details Hide Details On a 60 Minutes profile, she said she would not retire. "To me this is a really interesting time to be in this position and I think it would be in a way irresponsible not to put my best foot forward and lead us into a different time." In September, The September Issue, a documentary film by The War Room producer R.J. Cutler about the production of the September 2007 issue, was released. It focused on the sometimes-difficult relationship between Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington. She appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote it, defending the relevance of fashion in a tough economy.
  • 2008
    Age 58
    In 2008, rumours arose that she would retire, and be replaced by French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld.
    More Details Hide Details An editor at Russian GQ reportedly introduced Russian Vogue editor Aliona Doletskaya as the next editor of American Vogue. Condé Nast responded by taking out a full-page ad in The New York Times defending her record. In that same publication, Cathy Horyn later wrote that while Wintour hadn't lost her touch, the magazine had become "stale and predictable," as a reader had recently complained. "To read Vogue in recent years is to wonder about the peculiar fascination for the 'villa in Tuscany' story," Horyn added. The magazine also dealt awkwardly with the recession, she commented.
    The next month a lavish Karl Lagerfeld gown she wore to the Met's Costume Institute Gala was called "the worst fashion faux pas of 2008."
    More Details Hide Details In the fall, Vogue Living was suspended indefinitely, and Men's Vogue cut back to two issues a year as an outsert or supplement to the women's magazine. At the end of the year, December's cover highlighted a disparaging comment Jennifer Aniston made about Angelina Jolie, to the former's displeasure. It seemed Wintour had lost her touch.
    Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
    More Details Hide Details That year was generally difficult, as the economy worsened. After ruffling feathers at the Milan shows in February, the April issue's cover image of LeBron James and Gisele Bündchen brought criticism for its evocation of racial stereotypes.
  • 2007
    Age 57
    At his 2007 trial, prosecutors introduced as evidence a journal he kept on his computer in which he stated his intention to kill her.
    More Details Hide Details In it he wrote, "She just never talked to peons like us" to justify his intended actions. On one occasion, she has had to pay for her treatment of employees. In 2004, a court ruled that she and Shaffer were to pay $104,403, and Wintour herself an additional $32,639, to settle a lawsuit brought against them by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. They had failed to pay the $140,000 judgement it incurred on behalf of a former employee injured on the job, who did not have the necessary insurance coverage. In the 2000s, her relationship with Bryan was credited with softening her personality at work. "Even when she's in a bad mood, she has a different posture," someone described as a "Wintour watcher" told the New York Observer. "The consensus is that she's so much more mellow and easier to work for because she's probably getting laid."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    She used less well-known models, and mixed inexpensive clothes with the high fashion: the first issue she was in charge of, November 1988, featured a Peter Lindbergh photograph of 19-year-old Michaela Bercu in a $50 pair of faded jeans and a bejeweled jacket by Christian Lacroix worth $10,000.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time a Vogue cover model had worn jeans (Bercu was originally supposed to have worn the skirt that coordinated with the jacket, but she had gained some weight and it didn't fit). In 2012, Wintour reflected on the cover: Years later, Wintour admitted the photo had never been planned as the cover shot. In 2011, when Vogue put its entire archive online, Wintour was quoted as saying, "I just said, 'Well, let's just try this.' And off we went. It was just very natural. To me it just said, 'This is something new. This is something different.' The printers called to make sure that was supposed to be the cover, as they thought a mistake might have been made." In 2015 she said if she had to pick a favorite of her covers, it would be that one. "It was a leap of faith and it was certainly a big change for Vogue."
  • 1987
    Age 37
    In 1987, Wintour returned to New York to take over House & Garden.
    More Details Hide Details Its circulation had long lagged behind rival Architectural Digest, and Condé Nast hoped she could improve it. Again, she made radical changes to staff and look, canceling $2 million worth of photo spreads and articles in her first week. She put so much fashion in photo spreads that it became known as House & Garment, and enough celebrities that it was referred to as Vanity Chair, within the industry. Those changes worsened the magazine's problems. When the title was shortened to just HG, many longtime subscribers thought they were getting a new magazine and put it aside for the real thing to arrive. Most of those subscriptions were eventually canceled, and while some fashion advertisers came over, most of the magazine's traditional advertisers pulled out. Ten months later, she finally became editor of Vogue. Under Mirabella, it had become more focused on lifestyles as a whole and less on fashion. Industry insiders worried that it was losing ground to the recently introduced American edition of Elle.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    In 1985, Wintour attained her first editorship, taking over British Vogue after Beatrix Miller retired.
    More Details Hide Details Once in charge, she replaced many staffers and exerted far more control over the magazine than any previous editor had, earning the nickname "Nuclear Wintour" in the process. Those editors who were retained began to refer to the period as "The Wintour of Our Discontent." Her changes moved the magazine from its traditional eccentricity to a direction more in line with the American magazine. Wintour's ideal reader was the same woman Savvy had tried to reach. "There's a new kind of woman out there," she told the Evening Standard. "She's interested in business and money. She doesn't have time to shop anymore. She wants to know what and why and where and how."
  • 1984
    Age 34
    She had two children by David Shaffer following their 1984 marriage: Charles (Charlie) born 1985, and Katherine (known as Bee) born 1987. The latter wrote occasional columns for The Daily Telegraph in 2006, but says she won't follow her mother into fashion. The couple divorced in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Newspapers and gossip columnists claimed her affair with investor Shelby Bryan ended the marriage. She declined to comment. Her friends say Bryan has mellowed her. "She smiles now and has been seen to laugh," the Observer quoted one as saying. Wintour is also a philanthropist. She serves as a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she has organised benefits that have raised $50 million for the museum's Costume Institute. She began the CFDA/Vogue Fund in order to encourage, support and mentor unknown fashion designers. She has also raised over $10 million for AIDS charities since 1990, by organising various high-profile benefits. She claims to rise before 6 am, plays tennis and has her hair and makeup done, then gets to Vogues offices two hours later. She always arrives at fashion shows well before their scheduled start. "I use the waiting time to make phone calls and notes; I get some of my best ideas at the shows," she says. According to the BBC documentary series Boss Woman, she rarely stays at parties for more than 20 minutes at a time and gets to bed by 10:15 every night. She exerts a great deal of control over the magazine's visual content. Since her first days as editor, she has required that photographers not begin until she has approved Polaroids of the setup and clothing. Afterwards, they must submit all their work to the magazine, not just their personal choices.
    They married in 1984.
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  • 1983
    Age 33
    She went to work at Vogue later when Alex Liberman, editorial director for Condé Nast, publisher of Vogue, talked to Wintour about a position there in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details She eventually accepted after a bidding war that doubled her salary, becoming the magazine's first creative director, a position with vaguely defined responsibilities. Her changes to the magazine were often made without Mirabella's knowledge, causing friction among the staff. She began dating child psychiatrist David Shaffer, an older acquaintance from London.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    She returned to work in 1980, succeeding Elsa Klensch as fashion editor for a new women's magazine named Savvy.
    More Details Hide Details It sought to appeal to career-conscious professional women, who spent their own money, the readers Wintour would later target at Vogue. The following year, she became fashion editor of New York. There, the fashion spreads and photo shoots she had been putting together for years finally began attracting attention. Editor Edward Kosner sometimes bent very strict rules for her and let her work on other sections of the magazine. She learned through her work on a cover involving Rachel Ward how effectively celebrity covers sold copies. "Anna saw the celebrity thing coming before everyone else did," Grace Coddington said three decades later. A former colleague arranged for an interview with Vogue editor Grace Mirabella that ended when Wintour told Mirabella she wanted her job.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    Her parents married in 1940 and divorced in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Wintour was named after her maternal grandmother, Anna Baker (née Gilkynson), a merchant's daughter from Pennsylvania. Audrey Slaughter, a magazine editor who founded publications such as Honey and Petticoat, is her stepmother. The late-18th-century novelist Lady Elizabeth Foster, Duchess of Devonshire, was Wintour's great-great-great-grandmother, and Sir Augustus Vere Foster, the last Baronet of that name, was a granduncle. She had four siblings. Her older brother, Gerald, died in a traffic accident as a child. One of her younger brothers, Patrick, is also a journalist, currently political editor of The Guardian. James and Nora Wintour have worked in London local government and for international non-governmental organisations respectively. In her youth, Wintour was educated at the independent North London Collegiate School, where she frequently rebelled against the dress code by taking up the hemlines of her skirts. At the age of 14, she began wearing her hair in a bob. She developed an interest in fashion as a regular viewer of Cathy McGowan on Ready Steady Go!, and from the issues of Seventeen which her grandmother sent from the United States. "Growing up in London in the '60s, you'd have to have had Irving Penn's sack over your head not to know something extraordinary was happening in fashion," she recalled. Her father regularly consulted her when he was considering ideas for increasing readership in the youth market.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    In her new home, she became a junior fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar in New York City in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Wintour's innovative shoots led editor Tony Mazzola to fire her after nine months. She was introduced to Bob Marley by one of Bradshaw's friends, and disappeared with him for a week. A few months later, Bradshaw helped her get her first position as a fashion editor, at Viva, a women's adult magazine started by Kathy Keeton, then wife of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione. She has rarely discussed working there, due to that connection. This was the first job at which she was able to hire a personal assistant, which began her reputation as a demanding and difficult boss. In late 1978, Guccione shut down the unprofitable magazine. Wintour decided to take some time off from work. She broke up with Bradshaw and began a relationship with French record producer Michel Esteban, for two years dividing her time with him between Paris and New York.
  • 1970
    Age 20
    In 1970, when Harper's Bazaar UK merged with Queen to become Harper's & Queen, Wintour was hired as one of its first editorial assistants, beginning her career in fashion journalism.
    More Details Hide Details She told her co-workers that she wanted to edit Vogue. While there, she discovered model Annabel Hodin, a former North London classmate. Her connections helped her secure locations for innovative shoots by Helmut Newton, Jim Lee and other trend-setting photographers. One recreated the works of Renoir and Manet using models in go-go boots. After chronic disagreements with her rival, Min Hogg, she quit and moved to New York with her boyfriend, freelance journalist Jon Bradshaw.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Wintour was born in London in 1949, to Charles Wintour (1917–1999), editor of the Evening Standard, and Eleanor "Nonie" Trego Baker (1917-1995), an American, the daughter of a Harvard law professor.
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