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
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.
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.