27 Remarkable Anna Wintour Quotes

27 Remarkable Anna Wintour Quotes

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Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine in America. She has held the prestigious position since 1988. Her signature look and important role have made her a very important figure in today’s fashion world. She has been the focus of multiple films about the fashion world including the wildly popular The Devil Wears Prada. She most recently became artistic director for Conde Nast.

“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”

“Fashion goes in only one direction – forward – and I am a firm believer in thinking that way too.”

“Fashion’s not about looking back. It’s always about looking forward.”

“I don’t really follow market research. In the end, I respond to my own instincts.”

“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.’”

“I look for strong people. I don’t like people who’ll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue and disagree and have a point of view that’s reflected in the magazine. My dad believed in the cult of personality. He brought great writers and columnists to ‘The Standard.’”

“I never pay any attention. I’m sure it’s not such a good way to be, but I don’t really follow market research.”

“I never think of myself as a powerful person.”

“I surround myself with a talented group of people that are opinionated and interesting. I try to remain very open to what others have to say.”

“I want ‘Vogue’ to be pacy, sharp, and sexy – I’m not interested in the super-rich or infinitely leisured. I want our readers to be energetic executive women, with money of their own and a wide range of interests. There is a new kind of woman out there. She’s interested in business and money.”

“I went to Wimbledon before I could walk. It’s just been a lifelong passion.”

“I worked for Harper’s Bazaar. They fired me. I recommend that you all get fired; it’s a great learning experience.”

“I’m very driven by what I do. I am certainly very competitive. I like people who represent the best at what they do. If that turns you into a perfectionist then maybe I am.”

“I’m very good at delegating. People work much better when they have a real sense of responsibility. But at the same time, I don’t like surprises.”

“If you look at any great fashion photograph out of context, it will tell you just as much about what’s going on in the world as a headline in The New York Times.”

“In the end I do respond to my own instincts. Sometimes they’re successful, and obviously sometimes they’re not.”

“It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.”

“It’s important for young women and men coming out of the fashion schools to think seriously before starting their own collections.”

“It’s very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless. When I hear a company is being run by a team, my heart sinks, because you need to have that leader with a vision and heart that can move things forward.”

“I’ve been very lucky to put women that I sincerely admire on the cover of ‘Vogue:’ the then First Lady and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and, more recently, First Lady Michelle Obama. Those were benchmarks for the magazine, and certainly covers that I’ve been very, very proud of.”

“Part of the pleasure of editing ‘Vogue,’ one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it.”

“People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.”

“The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. This is America, not Saudi Arabia.”

“To be in ‘Vogue’ has to mean something. It’s an endorsement. It’s a validation.”

“Vogue’ is the best of everything that fashion can offer, and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamorous girlfriend.”

“What people hate the most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”

“You either know fashion or you don’t.”