The fashion doyenne’s memoir may be starry but it lacks depth, insight redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue’s creative director. Gaby Wood celebrates the hopscotch life of Grace Coddington, one of fashion’s most enduring icons. When Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington left Wales at eighteen for a modeling career, it was just the beginning of her epic life in.

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She is no eccentric. She is also the breakout star — if such a thing exists in a documentary — of R. How could the woman who steadfastly plants those flats on the floor and refuses to budge during kerfuffles with Wintour not gain notoriety among fashion fans?

There is no romanticism or soft focus lens pointed b her recollections.

Book review: ‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington. – The Boston Globe

Through tales of star-studded evenings, coupled with the charming pen and ink illustrations that dot the book, Coddington details the domino-stacked series meomir coincidences and acquaintances that led to a career of working with top photographers of the s on covers for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle.


Her inch waist and geometric Vidal Sassoon coiffures led Coddington to a breezy existence of parties and carousing.

In less than two pages, she tells of how her eyelid was sliced off in the accident and restoring it required five rounds of plastic surgery.

She writes of the accident as coolly as she describes a photo shoot in the Bahamas. The same guarded treatment is given to her two divorces, which she describes matter-of-factly, again subtracting emotion from what was likely a difficult time. This is the dichotomy of Coddington. The photo shoots that she carefully orchestrates for Vogue are brimming with romance expressed through billowing, full skirts and multitextured backgrounds.

Her emotion lies in fashion. Oh, it also lies with her much adored cats, which get an entire chapter.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review

She began with British Vogue in the s, moved to creative director of Calvin Klein in the s, to American Vogue in She wisely devotes a chapter to Wintour, and then launches into stories about photo shoots emmoir a surly Madonna and her own wise thoughts on aging. Her delicious, page-turning life story is practically begging to be made into a documentary or feature film. She is a fascinating woman who, unlike many in fashion, is much more focused on her passions than trumpeting her importance.


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