Business, Politics & Society
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.
Topics include: Introduction
[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...
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.
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!