Synopses & Reviews
She's ambitious, driven, insecure, needy, a perfectionist--and she's considered the most powerful force in the more than $100 billion fashion industry. She's Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue
, the world's fashion bible. With her signature Louise Brooks bob, trademark sunglasses, and glamorous furs, she's a sexy international diva, gossiped about the world over. As famed designed Oscar de la Renta declares, "She's a star."
How did Wintour, who quit school over the length of her hemline, and who had no real writing or communication skills, rise to the pinnacle of the fashion magazine world? Based on scores of interviews with present and former friends and colleagues, Front Row is the scrupulously researched, often shocking life story of this enigmatic icon--a candid portrait of a fashion-obsessed teenager in Swinging Sixties London who claws her way up the ivory tower in New York. It is also an intimate examination of Wintour's personal passions and needs, her loves lost and won, and her feuds and achievements. Anna Wintour's story is an inside look at one of the world's most influential women as well as the catty, competitive bitch-eat-bitch world of fashion. Meow!
"Gleefully vicious biography of a New York fashion icon." -Kirkus
"The revealing unauthorized biography unveils the Anna Wintour even those closest to her don't know....If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, get your gossip fill with Front Row...we couldn't put it down." -Complete Woman
"Better than fiction." -New York Post
"For inquiring minds, it's a juicy, tabloidesque read." -Houston Chronicle
"A fast-paced biographical romp... Mr. Oppenheimer uses Front Row to ladle out dish--just as he did in Just Desserts, his 1997 biography of Martha Stewart. What he serves up is pretty juicy." -New York Observer
"Filled with gossip and scandals and peppered with celebrity names and tales...[A] fascinating read about one of the great queen-bee bosses and her mission to determine and define fashion." -Booklist
"Schadenfreude enthusiasts will enjoy Oppenheimer's latest, Front Row, which offers Anna Wintour in extreme close-up." -Los Angeles Times
Based on scores of interviews, this revealing biography chronicles the insecure and creative climb of Anna Wintour to the top of the bitchy, competitive fashion magazine world, exposing for the first time how she artfully reinvented herself along the way.
About the Author
Jerry Oppenheimer has been writing definitive, bestselling biographies of American icons since the mideighties. His subjects have included Martha Stewart, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ethel Kennedy, Barbara Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rock Hudson. He has worked in all facets of journalism, from national investigative reporting in Washington, D.C., to producing TV news and documentaries.