Front Row

Anna Wintour: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue's Editor in Chief

Jerry Oppenheimer

St. Martin's Press

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Just Desserts: Martha Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography comes a scrupulously researched investigative biography that tells the inside story of Anna Wintour's incredible rise to power

From her exclusive perch front row center, glamorous Vogue magazine editor in chief Anna Wintour is the most powerful and influential style-maker in the world. Behind her trademark sunglasses and under the fringe of her Louise Brooks bob she determines whether miniskirts are in or out, whether or not it's politically correct to wear fur. She influences designers, wholesalers, and retailers globally from Seventh Avenue to the elegant fashionista enclaves of L'Avenue Montaigne and Via della Spiga. In the U.S. alone a more than $200 billion fashion industry can rise or fall on Anna Wintour's call. And every month millions of women-and men-read Vogue, and are influenced by the pages of the chic and trendy style wish-book that she has controlled with an iron hand in a not-always-so-velvet glove since fighting her way to the most prestigious job in fashion journalism.

Anna Wintour's fashion influence extends to celebrities and politicians: because of it, Hillary Clinton underwent a drastic makeover and became the first First Lady to strike a pose on the cover of Vogue in the midst of Monicagate; Oprah Winfrey was forced to go on a strict diet before Wintour would put her on Vogue's cover. And beauties like Rene Zellweger and Nicole Kidman follow Anna Wintour's fashionista rules to the letter.

Now in her mid-fifties, as she nears her remarkable second decade at the helm of Vogue, comes this revealing biography that will shock and surprise both Anna's fans and detractors alike. Based on scores of interviews, Front Row unveils the Anna Wintour even those closest to her don't know. Oppenheimer chronicles this insecure and creative powerhouse's climb to the top of the bitchy, competitive fashion magazine world, showing up close, as never before exposed, how she artfully crafted and reinvented herself along the way.

She's been called many things-"Nuclear Wintour," by the British press, "cold suspicious and autocratic, a vision in skinniness," by Grace Mirabella, the editor she dethroned at Vogue, and the "Devil" by those who believe she's the inspiration for a recent bestselling novel written by a former assistant.

Included among the startling revelations in Front Row are:
* Anna's "silver spoon" childhood spent craving time with her father.
* Anna's rebellious teen years in London, obsessed with fashion, night-clubbing and dating roguish men.
* Anna's many tempestuous romances.
* Anna's curious marriage to a brilliant child psychiatrist, her role as a mother, and the shocking scandal that led to divorce when she had an affair with a married man.

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Praise for Front Row

"Front Row is a fun book...To Oppenheimer's credit, the book charts a series of seismic shifts that Wintour-for good and ill-helped navigate: the shift from written to visual culture; the triumph of style over content; the transfer of power from the mature to the Wintour, the single-minded diva, schemed and screamed her way to the top of the fashion-magazine world."
- New York magazine

"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.... Front Row is an entertaining chronicle of Ms. Wintour's life...A study in power."
- New York Observer

"A fascinating read about one of the great queen-bee bosses and her mission to determine and define fashion."
- Booklist

"Gleefully vicious biography of a New York fashion icon....An in-depth look at Anna's 'bitch-eat-bitch' world."
- Kirkus

"Must read...gripping tales about one of fashion's most powerful players."
- The Daily Telegraph

"A blistering new biography. The most eagerly awaited unauthorized biography...Better than fiction."
- New York Post

"Oppenheimer combs his subject's past...dotting his pages with catty dish"
- Publishers Weekly

"Whether you love fashion or dissections of the sort of cold-blooded creatures who inhabit it, Jerry Oppenheimer's Front Row is for you: an equally cold-blooded portrayal of the reigning queen of a world defined by frivolity...and abject fear."
- Michael Gross, author of Model and Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren

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About the Author

Jerry Oppenheimer

Jerry Oppenheimer is an investigative reporter and TV news and documentary producer. He has been writing definitive, bestselling biographies of American icons since the mid-80s, including Rock Hudson, Barbara Walters, Ethel Kennedy, Martha Stewart, the Clintons and Jerry Seinfeld.

Jerry Oppenheimer


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Front Row
Anna Wintour: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue's Editor in Chief
Jerry Oppenheimer

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429907637
ISBN10: 1429907630
400 pages

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312323110
ISBN10: 0312323115
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes eight pages of black-and-white photographs

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