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Grace with her favorite photographers to celebrate her 2002 book Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. From left: Mario Testino, Sheila Metzner (lying down), Ellen von Unwerth, Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Alex Chatelain, Herb Ritts (seated), Bruce Weber, Craig McDean (on wall), Arthur Elgort, Grace, David Bailey, Peter Lindbergh. Photo: Annie Leibovitz, 2002.
Fashion devotees (and waiting-room page-flippers alike), take heed. Grace Coddington--the eccentric creative director of Vogue, best known for her unruly ginger mane and passing grumbles throughout The September Issue--has officially opened up.
And we devoured every page.
Grace: A Memoir features scads of gorgeous images and spans Coddington?s secluded childhood in wartime Wales to her 53-year career as a top British model turned revered magazine stylist. No elite designer, photographer or generally fabulous person goes unnamed. And in studying the modern fashion industry, there is perhaps no better historical slice than her insider experiences.
Although she never claims to be a writer (she sketches every runway show she attends), her style is biting, witty and brutally frank. Even the most glamorous tales of international photo shoots are told accessibly through her own matter-of-fact voice. But it?s how she peppers in personal tragedies (near-fatal car accidents) and professional obstacles (like adapting to the digital world) that really compels.
Of course, it also wouldn?t be a must-read without a few juicy details about her odd-couple relationship with Anna Wintour--which, let?s just say, do not disappoint.
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