Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Anna Wintour has held the position of editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, and was named artistic director of Condé Nast in 2013. In addition to editing Vogue, she executed the development and successful launch of Teen Vogue in 2001, and serves as editorial director for the title. Wintour has also been actively involved in philanthropic fundraising, particularly for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, for which she has raised more than $100 million and where she serves as an elective trustee. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and charitable efforts, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Award of Courage for AIDS Research from the American Foundation for AIDS Research. In 2008, for her service to British journalism and fashion, Wintour was appointed to the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. The following year, President Obama appointed her to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. And, in 2011, she was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
A former personal assistant, Lauren Weisberger, wrote the 2003 best selling book The Devil Wears Prada, later made into a successful film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a fashion editor, believed to be based on Wintour.