When books and fashion collide, I get giddy. And the September issue of Vogue runneth over with a 16-page Edith Wharton-inspired spread styled by Grace Coddington, photographed by Annie Leibovitz (who, according to Anna Wintour, prepped for the shoot by reading almost everything Wharton ever wrote) and starring some of our favorite authors as Wharton’s intellectual circle—plus an essay on Wharton titled “The Custom of the Country” by Colm Tóibín.
We also noticed Eugenides looked particularly at home in the Edwardian scene:
Vogue went behind the scenes of the shoot here and elaborates on each actor and writer’s experience of bringing Wharton’s world to life. Said Jonathan Safran Foer, ““Like many writers I know, being photographed doesn’t come easily.”
And that’s not all. The issue also includes an essay by Ann Patchett on the loss of her beloved dog that would break even the coldest heart:
“Two days before my dog Rose died, I put her in the stroller and pushed her down the sidewalk. It was late in November, but the day was mild and bright. For a minute she sat up on the fake sheepskin pad and sniffed the air, but then she lay down again.
. . . I was a childless woman in my late 40s who, despite my enormous love for Rose, had never mistaken her for a baby and did not do so now, when I was pushing her in a stroller. If my neighbors found my behavior to be worthy of discussion, so be it. My dog was happy.”
There’s probably more—I just haven’t been able to find it yet! Why doesn’t September come every month?
Oh, and with the September issue running over 900 pages long (Happy 120th, Vogue!), I thought it would be nice if I gave you the page numbers, so you don’t have to spend 20 minutes searching like me: Patchett is on page 440; Wharton is on 810.