Do fashion magazines still matter? How will they look in the future?
Don't look for the answers to those questions in the new
documentary "In Vogue: The
Editor's Eye" (9 p.m., HBO), a celebration of Vogue magazine's 120th anniversary and a showcase of some of its more notable fashion editors from the past decades.
Vogue's longtime editor Anna Wintour is your host of sorts, introducing the women (and at least one man) who worked with photographers to evoke the sensibility of various
designers, capturing or even
creating the aesthetic of the particular period. We see the magazine shift from catering to an exclusive, high-society readership to helping usher in the era of the stylish working woman.
While I often admire documentaries that start with a particular subject and succeed at making larger points, the focus of "In Vogue" remains fixed on an intimate circle of friends.
The legendary tableaus celebrated here are not unlike old-fashioned album covers of the classic rock era. For all of the creativity involved, some were legendary and indelible, while others could be dismissed as pretentious and forgettable.
"In Vogue" skims the
surface and ignores the evolving process. How did the rise of
digital photography change things? The word "Photoshop" is mentioned once, only to
explain that it didn't always exist.
How will these art directors adjust as Vogue moves from a printed magazine to something to be consumed on an iPad or other tablet? If the folks at Vogue aren't thinking about that question, these pretty pictures may go the way of those classic LP covers.
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