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Friday, May 7, 2010

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Anna Wintour Double Feature


Today, Peachy Deegan was at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the unveiling of American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity and she was lucky enough to capture a few moments of Anna Wintour's time to chat.

Peachy Deegan:  How did you enjoy doing the exhibit this year?
Anna Wintour: Well I'm not personally in any way responsible for the exhibition, it's Andrew Bolton who's curator of The Costume Institute.  I'm just here to help support him and work on the party.

[The party:]

Of the different decades in the different rooms that were featured, which did you enjoy the most?
Well I think they're all wonderful.  I think what Shane and Nathan did with the screens and backdrops- is absolutely just extraordinary and each one reflects the archetype personally so I was just thrilled with the whole exhibition.

Of the whole exhibition, if you could pick one gown to wear tonight, which one would you pick and why?
Oh well that's an impossible question to answer they're all wonderful!

How about 5?
Well, one from each room!  (And she smiled.)

Thank you Anna for your graciousness and the opportunity to speak with you!  Thank you to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who always put on excellent exhibitions, the very best in Manhattan.

Photo credits to Whom You Know and Peachy Deegan.  All material is property of Whom You Know. Copyright 2010 Whom You Know. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

Shown below from left to right:
Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue and Co-Chair of the Museum's Costume Institute Gala Benefit tonight
Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute
Patrick Robinson, Executive Vice President of Global Design for Gap and Co-Chair of the Museum's Costume Institute Gala Benefit tonight

This one hardly needs an introduction, so we will just skip it for now. Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue, was in attendance this morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Press Preview for The Model as Muse. Ever gracious, Anna shook Peachy Deegan's hand when offered to her and answered her questions. Peachy originally asked Anna if she had thirty seconds, and Anna gave her a full minute. (EVERYONE was after Anna to interview as you might imagine, so a minute was quite generous.) Whom You Know will be inviting Anna Wintour to do a full Mover and Shaker interview at a later date [she has been invited].

Peachy Deegan to Anna Wintour: What was the most enjoyable part of doing this exhibit?
Anna Wintour: I think working with my colleagues: with Harold [Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute] I've worked with for many years with the Costume Institute, and then with John Myhre, who designed the exhibition, and of course with Julien D'Ys who has such an incredibly creative point of view and always manages to put those magical finishing touches on everything whether it's the grunge room or the hair or the incredible mannequins that he and Marc [Jacobs] created in the main hall and obviously our sponsors, Marc Jacobs, who has been a personal friend of mine for so many years and it's just so much fun to be working with him on something like this.

Peachy: What was the most challenging aspect of putting it together?
Anna: Well-what to leave in and what to leave out! As you can imagine there was so much material.

Peachy: If you could have put in one more thing, what would you have put in?
Anna: More gallery space!

Peachy Deegan is so happy that Anna smiled, laughed and nodded with the conclusion of this short and sweet interview. We hope to feature Anna Wintour many more times on Whom You Know.

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