Monday 5 December 2016

Mary Kenny: do those who can't do, study?

Third level education is a great asset but it's not for everyone

Published 21/02/2016 | 02:30

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

That formidable queen of world fashion, Anna Wintour (Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears Prada was based on La Wintour) has been musing on whether she made a mistake in not going to university when she was 17, instead of plunging into the couture world.

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I can answer that, because I knew the now world-famous editor-in-chief of American Vogue when she was 17. No, university wouldn't have suited her at all - at that age. She was obsessed with fashion as a teenager: she was due to accompany a group of us on an anti-war demonstration in London's Grosvenor Square and she spent most of the preparatory time wondering what she should wear.

I suppose that's a suitable question for an embryonic fashionista: what do you wear on a protest? My recollection is she plumped for something in leather.

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