Shepard ’97 Produces New Documentary About Vogue Editor

Anna Wintour, wearing sunglasses, in <em>The September Issue</em>. (Photo by Roadside Attractions)

Anna Wintour, wearing sunglasses, in The September Issue. (Photo by Roadside Attractions)

Sadia Shepard ’97 is one of the producers of the new documentary The September Issue, directed by R. J. Cutler, which opened in movie theaters on August 28 to positive reviews. The movie focuses on the world of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, and her influence on the fashion industry. Wintour was also the inspiration for the novel and movie The Devil Wears Prada.

In his review of the film in Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman writes:  “… we observe the process by which Wintour and her vast army of editors, designers, photographers, models, and gofers labor, throughout the summer of 2007, to assemble Vogue’s massive September issue, a plush treasure chest of ads, photo spreads, and gilded dreams. It’s through Vogue that Wintour, more than any other figure, reigns over the decisions — of taste, aesthetics, economics — that shape the $300 billion-a-year fashion industry. The September issue is more than a magazine. It’s a major motion picture stuffed between glossy covers, with Wintour as its all-knowing, all-dictatorial producer.”

Link to Entertainment Weekly review:,,20300268,00.html

David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: