At the New York Public Library’s event ‘Close-Up on Grace Coddington’ this week, Grace Coddington, Vogue’s Creative Director, expressed concerns over the fashion industry's attachment to very young, thin models, in an intimate conversation with former Men's Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Jay Fielden.
Coddington, a former model on the sixties London scene, said “It is a big problem. I remember when I was young, they told me that if I didn't lose weight I'd be out of the show, so I spent a week living off of coffee. But I'm a very levelheaded person. These problems nowadays are with kids much, much younger than that, and that's most of the problem; when they're very young and vulnerable.”
Working at Vogue is a dream come true for most of the fashionistas out there, and you’d think that if you were lucky enough to get an interview, you’d know your stuff. Yet when Teen Vogue interviewed Anna Wintour recently and asked: When you're hiring someone for an entry-level position at Vogue, what do you look for? Her reply was shocking: “ I look for someone who has actually read the magazine. People will say, "Oh, I love Vogue," but when I ask them to tell me something specific they liked, or a photographer whose work they enjoy, they look at me as if I'm crazy.
“Do your homework, go online, visit every museum, and intern. I like having young assistants in my office; they have energy, and I spend time with them to make sure they understand what we're doing. By investing in them, I'm investing in the magazine. All over Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Men's Vogue, there are people who have been through not only my office but also many other offices at Vogue.” So there you have it, if you’re looking to get into fashion publishing – be prepared!
Juergen Teller's Marc Jacobs ads have raised more than a few eyebrows over the years. One series depicted him grabbing Cindy Sherman's breasts, and then there was that spring '07 campaign featuring Dakota Fanning, then aged 12. Teller admitted to The Moment that it was "pretty hard-core" and "on the border of being too much, even for me".
But after all that, the photographer says his most controversial series starred a gay couple embracing. According to Teller: "Funnily enough the most complaints were about the series with Dick Page and James Gibbs because they are a gay couple. Men’s Vogue even refused to publish it. Dick is a very close friend of mine and I’ve known him for 20 years — he’s been part of the Marc family for 20 years. And I like the idea of having a gay couple in a men’s ad because it makes sense. And I wanted the ads to be like they are — very romantic, tender and sweet. I certainly didn’t want to have anything provocative, not at all."