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The Definitive Guide to Anna Wintour’s Assistants, Past and Present

Name: Sophie Pera. Status: Hired by Anna in 2006. Education: Studied philosophy at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Condé Nast Career Path: Her first job after assisting Anna involved working under former Style Director Alexandra Kotur and Executive Fashion Editor Phyllis Posnick. She later jumped to the position of associate fashion editor in 2011. Life After Anna: Fashion market editor at Town & CountryDating: Actor Max Irons. Current Job: Independent stylistInstagram Handle: @sophiepera


Wearing vintage Escada to Caviar Kaspia. Yes I am from the 80’s.

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Name: Jessica Nagin Katz. Status: Served on Team AW from 2006 to 2009. Education: Graduated cum laude at Princeton, where she studied sociology and psychology. Life After Anna: Studied nutrition science at New York University. Wedding: Married investment analyst Jordan Katz at Powerhouse, a party space at the American Museum of Natural History. Current Job: Jessica is a registered dietitian and is also a candidate for a master’s degree in clinical nutrition at NYU. Twitter Handle: @JessicaKatzRD

Jessica Katz; Image: Jessica Katz

Jessica Nagin Katz; Image: Jessica Nagin Katz

Name: Asia Baker Stokes. Status: Anna’s assistant from 2007 to 2008. Education: B.A. at Dartmouth College and a Career Discovery program certificate in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Family Heritage: She’s the great-great-granddaughter of George Fisher Baker, the chairman of the First National Bank of New York. Husband: Cornell grad and real estate developer Ben Stokes, whose ancestors established the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1881. Life After Anna: Asia freelanced at W magazine, before joining Roman and Williams as a designer. Current Job: Interior decorator and founder of A.A. Baker Design. Instagram Handle: @asiabakerstokes

Name: Claiborne Swanson Frank. Status: Anna’s assistant from 2007 to 2009. Family Heritage: Descendent of the Swanson food empire. Life After Anna: Claiborne worked on a project of portraits of women in her life, which became the inspiration for her coffee table tome, American Beauty, published in 2012. Industry Cred: Last year, Michael Kors hosted a launch party for Claiborne’s second photography book, Young Hollywood. Current Job: Portrait photographer and stylist. Instagram Handle: @claiborneswansonfrank