In the latest episode of Go Ask Anna, Vogue‘s Empress of Style gave advice to young fashionistas applying at the magazine.
‘It’s so interesting to me how people dress when they come in for interviews,’ Wintour says.
‘Sometimes you feel they’re wearing clothes that they just bought that morning or maybe the night before, and not something that in any way suits their personality and who they are.’
‘I think what everyone should remember, whether they’re interviewing at Vogue or indeed anywhere, that we’re not hiring your wardrobe,’ she continues.
‘Your wardrobe is not going to be doing the job for you, it’s who you are.’
Wintour then reveals whether there had been an applicant to whom she gave a job ‘on the spot’ for his sense of style.
‘I’ll always remember a young man who came in in a dress and a handbag, and I gave him the job on the spot,’ she says.
‘You have to dress for yourself. I think it doesn’t do yourself a service to fake it.’
Wintour then went on to discuss gender boundaries and gender fluidity in fashion.
‘I do not believe that men and women should have separate rules,’ she says.
‘I think that if a man chooses to wear a dress, that’s great, and women have certainly been wearing men’s suits for a very long time.’
‘The boundary should cross over, we should celebrate that. Of course, fashion has to change, it’s about change, this is what this industry is,’ she adds.
Furthermore, she continues: ‘If somebody wants to show men mixed with women or totally a gender-fluid collection and they want to show it in Tokyo in January or June, what difference does it make? Everybody has to follow the path that they feel is right for them.’
Smash that binary, Anna! Love ALL OF THIS.
Watch the episode below. (Skip the Kardashian gushing, and go right to 1:55)
(via GayStarNews; top photo: MadiaPunch)