The Vogue creative director, Grace Coddington is a true one of a kind: from her signature flame-colored hair to her championing of non-cookie-cutter beauty, she put distinctive fingerprint on everything she does.
The memoir takes her readers through her impressive fashion career and personal lives, from her childhood memories to her first day on the job both a model and fashion to editor to her big loves (men and cats), early days as a model to her current tenure at Vogue – including her close relationship with Anna Wintour.
Fore more than four decades, Coddington – a onetime model turned master stylist – has collaborated with the best photographers, hair and make up artist in the business to create amazing picture on the page. This maybe the first time I am reading about her – and yet, I recognize her work I’ve read from the magazines. She is shy and loves to work behind-the-scenes.
Coddington has also great talent for illustration which is showcased in the book. She is well-known for sketching looks as they come down the runway from her front-row perch during fashion week – and in her memoir, the remarkable, hand-drawn pictures reveal yet another dimension to an already famously fascinating woman. But her drawings take on a personal and often humorous tone.
Grace Coddington back in her modeling days sporting the famous Five Point Cut invented by Vidal Sasson.
“Is fashion art? I think it’s sometimes very creative but I’m not sure I would call it art, that’s pushing it a bit. In fashion photography, rule number one is to make the picture beautiful and lyrical or provocative and intellectual – but you still have to see the dress. Of course, I like to push the boundaries; I think that’s the most interesting element much of the time. when you walk the line. But you can’t forget to show the clothes and, in the end, not alter them beyond recognition; to pretend a dress is something it is not unfair to the reader, too.”
Beautiful, funny and so inspiring, this one is for the required reading list. And I have acquired so much inspiration from her.