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Vogue editors often make headlines in the New York gossip columns, but there is one big name that has flown under the radar — and that’s the way she intends to keep it. Tonne Goodman, fashion director, is the woman who makes actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron look flawless each month on the magazine’s cover.
This story first appeared in the June 1, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Goodman, a “Brearley girl,” from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, got her professional start as a special assistant to Diana Vreeland at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s characteristically humble about her tour through the fashion business, but her reputation and résumé speak for themselves. After working with Vreeland, Goodman was a fashion reporter at The New York Times Magazine under Carrie Donovan and worked under Liz Tilberis at Harper’s Bazaar. She also served as vice president of advertising at Calvin Klein, collaborating with the designer on some of the brand’s most iconic campaigns, including several with Christy Turlington. “It was the perfect match,” Goodman recalls.
The same could, perhaps, be said for her time at Vogue with Anna Wintour. “She has taught a generation of actresses how to be classic and cool and right for their times,” Wintour wrote in her latest editor’s letter. “The greatest escape, they learn from Goodman, is to be true to yourself and gorgeous along the way.”