Business, Politics & Society


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.

Anna Wintour
Teaches Creativity and Leadership
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.


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

I really enjoyed this class. I think she has touched on a number of topics that can potentially be applied to many professions, not necessarily just fashion or journalism. Lots of great insight on leadership!

Own who you are. Be decisive & clear. Lead with a vision. Conviction. Think bigger picture. Find meaning in your work.

Loved the whole thing! Started and finished it all in one night! I got a lot of great reads, fashion photography books and advice that I can use to help me move in the right direction. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together. See you soon!

Stay true to yourself, but don't be afraid to learn. Know your customer and create a bond. Loved her tips about portfolios and job interviews.



This is a fantastic introduction to the masterclass, it has made me really excited to learn!

Mandy K.

Such an exciting and unique opportunity especially for all of us who are now starting to work in this field! She gives me the inspiration and motivation to work really hard and try to become the best version of myself!

Morghan F.

This is my entry into the Master Class experience. I'm so excited!! What an amazing opportunity.

Jessica L.

I love how she laid out her being a generalist gave her an edge as well as all the historical context

Suze Yalof S.

I could not love this more! I signed up for MasterClass because of this and I am wowed! I actually worked at Vogue from 90-93 and it is such a gift to go behind the scenes and have access to Anna. Thank you for making this happen - I am going to gift this to everyone! Suze Yalof Schwartz

A fellow student

I've been a Fashion Editor for nearly a decade, and I'm super excited about this class.


Clear simple effective tips based on a successful experience . Good for all both beginners or supposed more experienced.

Kris W.

It’s not a class. It’s a tedious promo puff piece. One long self promoting advertisement. Glad I didn’t pay extra for this.

Maria Cristina O.

Yes each person have a creative, confidence and determination in each voice, you have to feeling in your cells, in each part of your body and align it mind ,soul ,and body with the light. Women are soft in the front but strong in the Back. Thank you for this amazing oportunity to have more codes from you. It’s a bliss to learn in my fashion industry about how you shine like a power women in the industry.

Indiana G.

I'm not interested in fashion journalism. I'm super interested in what you, as such an amazing human, have to say about your decision making process, your instinct, and your consciousness because great leadership applies to everything!