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When Anna Wintour, officially Honorary Co-Chair of the Met Gala, unofficially its mastermind, takes her usual place tonight at the top of the museum’s stairs to welcome her celebrity guests, she won’t just be doing so in the shadow of the giant, star-adorned marquee. eagles, but that of a new unauthorized biography: “Anna”, by Amy Odell. Met watchers and Met attendees may well be rubbing their hands in anticipated glee and whispering over dinner.

Maybe now all will be revealed! The way Ms. Wintour makes brands pay tens of thousands of dollars for a table! The inside scoop on who’s on the banned guest list! How she chooses what she wears – and what many other people wear too!

Dream.

As Willy Staley wrote in The New York Times Book Review, “You’ll walk away knowing every step — and every misstep — of Wintour’s famous rise to the heights of magazinedom, but without a working theory of the case. , no conceptual framework to pack it all in and remember it by.

Although written with input from various past and present Anna’s sidekicks, the book is not particularly revealing; gossip is widely familiar to anyone who has followed Wintour’s ascendancy, though those who haven’t found it may find it vaguely flat.

The Met Gala is a good example. Although Mrs. Wintour’s role in the party is duly recorded, including her alleged banning of parsley, onions and garlic from dinner, readers seek to find out how she used the levers of power to turn a collection of New York’s classic cultural fund in an unprecedented event that raised $16.4 million in one night last September will be largely disappointed.

In any case, Mrs. Wintour is already coldly casting doubt on the book. When asked to comment, her office simply replied via email: “‘Anna: The Biography’ was written without Anna’s input and unfortunately she has not had the opportunity to verify what let it be in.”

Which in itself may be a more palpable demonstration of his shrewd acting sense – showing his security in not forbidding anyone to speak to the author, even helping him by asking his office to suggest names, so that the author actually thanked her in the author’s note, then implying questions about her reliability – than anything between the pages.

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