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Business, Politics & Society

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Anna Wintour

Lesson time 8:42 min

Meet your new instructor: Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour. Anna opens with the early experiences that shaped her leadership style, and she explains why there’s never been a more exciting time to work as a creative leader.

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Anna Wintour gives unprecedented access to her world, teaching you how to lead with vision and creativity—and without apology.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] REPORTER: I love the hair. Anna, Anna, stop. Stop. Anna. Anna, can you look back over the shoulder? WOMAN 1: Anna, second row center. WOMAN 2: Up top. MAN 1: Right this way. WOMAN 3: OK. I see Anna Wintour? - Yes. I'm on my way now. I'll be there-- [MUSIC PLAYING] - Anna Wintour, you are a power. You're wearing your dark glasses. I'm not sure that I expected you to wear them during the interview. But I know that you do wear them inside. ANNA WINTOUR: I know many people are curious about who I am, how I approach my work, and what I believe. I've been so lucky to work in the fields of both fashion and in journalism and, for over 30 years, as editor-in-chief at "Vogue" and now as artistic director of Conde-Nast. I have never had the opportunity to share the many lessons I have learned as an editor and as a creative leader in one place before. This is a class for those who want to understand the experiences that have helped me become an effective leader. I'm Anna Wintour. And this is my MasterClass. I was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of journalists. My dad was an editor-in-chief of a Fleet Street newspaper for many, many years. And I saw the way that he worked. In those days, there were maybe 14, 15 editions that he was putting out every day, starting with the racing edition first thing in the morning. So there was never any time to make mistakes or second guess. It was just one, two, three, four. So obviously, that informed my childhood. It certainly informed the way I am. And it has informed me as an editor myself. I grew up in London in the '60s in the world of media and journalism but also, I think, probably unknowingly at the time, when a huge cultural revolution was going on. I mean duchesses for the first time were sitting down with fashion students or fashion designers. The class barriers were being broken down in a way that had never existed in that country, which where society was based on where you went to school and what your accent was. So that was all being thrown up and questioned when I was growing up. And it was the whole world of Twiggy, and Jean Shrimpton, and Bailey, and "Blow-Up" was all going on around me and, I think, epitomized by music, and film, and, of course, fashion. I mean, it was impossible not to be aware, and excited, and to feel that the world belonged to the young. I was so lucky to start my career in London where everybody had to do everything, because there was no money. And I learned how to go into the market and choose clothes. I learned how to choose talent. I learned how to collaborate. I learned how to do a layout. I learned how to write a caption. I was thrown into my career, frankly, with ignorance. I knew nothing. And because nobody could afford assistants in those days, I was never even an assistant. You had to learn everything. You had to do everything. You had to know how to multitask. I think this also gives you a ce...


How to be a boss

A fashion and media icon, Anna Wintour has been driving our cultural conversation for more than 30 years. The Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Artistic Director of Condé Nast takes off her signature sunglasses and gives you unprecedented access to her world. See how Anna nurtures talent, makes bold decisions, and evolves a brand. Learn how to lead with impact from a visionary creative leader.



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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I enjoyed learning about an industry I didn't know much about. It's an interesting way to learn about a leader and/or an industry.

It was great! I admired her before, now more. The classes made me wanted to work with her, and still follow her in the future.

Loved it. As inspiring as I thought it would be.

As a photographer, I found Anna's thinking around business acumen, vision, and the the importance of staying true to oneself, great reminders for continue to express and put forth my talent. So many gems! Thank you!


Comments

Kimberley A.

Salient and Informative. Well worth my time. Thank you, Anna and MasterClass, for sharing.

Angela I.

“If there’s one thing I hope you take away from this class it is to own your decisions and to own who you are, but without apology.”

A fellow student

I like the way she openly shared her early work experience where she literally had to learn on the job even when there was no one to tell her how to go about it. She seems very excited and sure of herself and her decisions. Interested in knowing how she got to that stage when she didn't always know where she was going. ...but seems to know now. Looking forward to learning the behind the scenes of the Met Ball. Very energetic presentation.

marta W.

I love her directness. Growing up in the 50's'60's in NY area I am excited to see how she influenced me then, and I am ready for these methods she wants to share- I know she will re-invigorate me now. I am looking for a wake up and a reawakening in a fresh new way, in a world that belongs to the young, indeed. but a world that got here by design. I think the word relevancy comes to mind.

A fellow student

Thank you for this introduction. I am excited to dive further into this class.

Silvia L. G.

Short and to the point introduction, just lilke Anna. Having worked in Sales, Costumer Service, P.R. as well as the field of Education this is very exiting. Can't wait for the rest!

Amelia D.

I am a journalist from the Dominican Republic (politics most of the time, activist for education and environment also). I took this masterclass because Ana Wintour intrigues me. I really wanted to learn about her leadership. And i have to say it fullfill my expectations. I respect her more and feel grateful for having the opportunity to learn from her experience in her own words and in a very structure and simple way. I have to say, it was like a conference you did not wanted to end. Eventhough i am not in her field, you have always to be able to act as an sponge and learn from the others (at least that is what i think and this is what happens in this masterclass).

Tamara S.

Great to hear about her beginnings and excited to learn more about how she's been able to work for a company for so long and still remain innovative and inspired.

Catherine L C.

Great introduction. Anna Wintour has been a great inspiration to me and I'm grateful to have this platform to learn from her. Thank you!

Erika Von Finck

Great introduction! I think Anna was very lucky to experience and to learn in the midst of a huge cultural revolution, where little by little the opening of consciousness was expressing itself in many ways. I think it was the arts that brought rise important trends and changes not only in the fashion industry but in society. What I mean by that is when there is consciousness, there is art. Where there is art, there is flow of expression, evolution, change and freedom. But as more freedom there is more opening of consciousness and this it has continued, into the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, until now.