“The clothes fascinate me not just because of how they look and are made but because of the women who wore them, the really extraordinary women who inspired their couturiers.” (Hamish Bowles, Vogue Editor)
“He can tell you not only how a Chanel dress was made, but also who wore it and possibly even who the lady was romancing at the time,” wrote The New York Times in 2001.
“If Anna Wintour is the Pope, Grace Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year,” Time magazine said in 2009, after Vogue’s creative director rather unexpectedly was launched into the public consciousness by the hit documentary The September Issue.
Vivienne Westwood outfitted the very first English punks and then gave birth to successive waves of music fuelled, street-influenced trends. In “Portrait of a Former Punk,” Marion Hume writes in Vogue (1994) that she “is probably England’s greatest fashion designer of this century.”
“She’s the Coco Chanel of our day,” Alexander McQueen told Vogue in 2006. “Vivienne Westwood is an unbelievable influence,” Anna Wintour, Vogue’s Editor in Chief, told The New York Times in 1987. “Designer for the nineties” is how Vogue contributor Joan Juliet Buck describes her in an article on British style.