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25 October 2017

On Our Fashion Calendar: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Netflix’s latest must-watch documentary celebrates the life – and style – of the great American author…

 

WORDS BY ALEXANDRA RHODES

 

Author, face of Céline SS15 and one-time Vogue editor; Joan Didion is undoubtedly a style icon, both in the literary and sartorial senses of the word. Her way of dressing – effortlessly cool, simple and quietly glamorous – is as pure as her artfully stripped-back prose.

 

But why the renewed buzz? She’s the subject of a Kickstarter campaign-funded documentary, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, made by her nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne together with the documentarian Susanne Rostock. The film, which airs on Netflix this Friday has been 3 years in the making and chronicles Didion’s life and work, from her California childhood to her inspiring career, which started at US Vogue back in the fifties. Leaving the magazine to focus on books, Didion may have opted for fiction over fashion, but that hasn’t stopped us coveting her every outfit…