Dame Anna Wintour was born in Hampstead, London in 1949. Her father was editor of the London Evening Standard. Her career in fashion journalism began at two British magazines. Later, she moved to the US, with stints at New York and House & Garden. She returned to London and was the editor of British Vogue between 1985 and 1987.
About Anna Wintour in brief
Dame Anna Wintour is editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988. She is artistic director of Condé Nast, Vogue’s publisher, since 2013. Born in Hampstead, London in 1949, to Charles and Eleanor Baker. Her father was editor of the London Evening Standard. She became interested in fashion as a teenager. Her career in fashion journalism began at two British magazines. Later, she moved to the US, with stints at New York and House & Garden. She returned to London and was the editor of British Vogue between 1985 and 1987. A former personal assistant, Lauren Weisberger, wrote the 2003 bestselling roman à clef The Devil Wears Prada, later made into a successful 2006 film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a fashion editor. In 2009, she was the focus of another film, R. J. Cutler’s documentary The September Issue. Her use of the magazine to shape the fashion industry has been the subject of debate within it. Animal rights activists have attacked her for promoting fur, while other critics have charged her with using Vogue to promote elitist views of femininity and beauty. Her great-great-great grandfather was Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, who served as the Anglican Bishop of Derry. She had four siblings. Her older brother, Gerald, died in a traffic accident as a child. One of her younger brothers, Patrick, is also a journalist, currently diplomatic editor of The Guardian.
Her younger brothers James and Nora have worked in London local government and for international non-governmental organisations, respectively. In her youth, she rebelled against the dress code by taking up the hemlines of her skirts. At the age of 15, she began dating well-connected older men. She was involved briefly with Piers Paul Read, then 24. In 1970, when Harper’s Bazaar merged with Queen’s Queen & Bazaar, she became one of its first editorial assistants. At her parents’ behest, she also took classes at Harrods, at a nearby school, to learn fashion journalism. Through her paternal grandmother, Wintouring is a great-Great-great granddaughter of the late-18th-century novelist Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Her stepmother is Audrey Slaughter, a magazine editor who founded publications such as Honey and Petticoat, is her stepmother. She has a son, James, and a daughter, Nora, who are both journalists. She also has a stepson, Richard Neville, who is a senior editor at The Sunday Times and editor of Vanity Fair. In 2011, she received a knighthood for services to fashion and culture. She received a CBE in 2012 for her work as a fashion journalist and editor in chief of American Vogue. In 2013, she won a GQ Women of the Year award for her contributions to the fashion and beauty industry. Her husband, Tom Cruise, is a former director of fashion at The Gap.