A Memoir

Book - 2012
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Grace Coddington, at age 70, has been the Creative Director of Vogue magazine for the past 20 years. Her candour, her irascibility, her commitment to her work, and her always fresh and original take on fashion has made her, after Anna Wintour, the most powerful person in fashion. Acquired after an intense auction among every major publisher, this woman who became an unwilling celebrity captured the hearts of everyone when she was revealed in the movie as the creative force behind the throne at Vogue. Having grown up on a backwater island in Wales, she came to London just in time to be discovered as a dazzling model by the famous Norman Parkinson, then went on to shape the pages at Vogue for 19 years where she worked as Creative Director with many luminaries including the young Wintour. Lured by Calvin Klein to run his New York operation she then jumped back to American Vogue when Wintour returned to America in 2003. She has been there ever since.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780307362742
Branch Call Number: 746.92092 COD
Characteristics: xxxii, 379 unnumbered pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm


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Aug 02, 2015

Grace Coddington acknowledges in the introduction that most of the people reading her book probably know her from the documentary The September Issue. Grace is very similar in her memoir as she was in that film: likable, passionate about her job at Vogue, and opinionated. The book delves a lot into the fashion world, with most chapters just describing different anecdotes about specific designers, hairdressers, editors, etc.

Aug 14, 2014

Extremely fluid writing, without any trace of egocentrism. Well balanced, not too sentimental. The shy image from The September Issue proves to be a creative, liberated, sensible and intelligent person who had an intense life. Could you say the same thing about her boss ?

Dec 20, 2013

I too confess to choosing this to read after seeing Grace in The September Issue. A really good read, interesting recollections of the 60s and insight into famous photographers, magazines and fashion. Grace writes with a beautiful, fluid, friendly writing style which makes this an easy read. It probably wouldn't be at all interesting to anyone who either didn't know who Grace is, or who hadn't seen the movie.

Jul 11, 2013

I loved this book! From the whimsical drawings to the accounts of photoshoots with some of the greatest photographers, Grace Coddington tells all with class and style.

Jun 11, 2013

Great fun for those like me who love all fashion history and this memoir covers quite the career from top model in the 60's (she was the original "head of hair" for Vidal Sassoon's 5 point cut) to her work as a stylist/Vogue magazine fashion editor. She worked with all the great photographers and designers - plus loved learning of her childhood in Wales and early days in swinging 60's London and Paris. It is chock full of great photos and her charming sketches (many of her cats).

debwalker May 14, 2013

Beautifully illustrated story from inside the world of fashion and September Issue. Fascinating character.

May 06, 2013

I'm not a fashionista by any means but I have read Vogue and I watched The September Issue and like many other I was interested in who the woman with the wild red hair was that seemed to be doing all the work. Well, Grace Coddington has written this memoir to answer that question and many more. I found this memoir very interesting even though my knowledge of fashion and designers is limited. She gives us a no-holds-barred, name-dropping look into the fashion world. It is also an autobiography of sorts, and she has had a quite interesting life. I would recommend this book as a very interesting read.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

"Grace Coddington, a successful British fashion model in the 1960s, went on to be the creative director of the British Vogue magazine, then of American Vogue. She also featured in the 2009 documentary film The September Issue. Now she tells (almost) all about herself and others in the fashion industry in her memoir, which she delightfully illustrates with pen-and-ink drawings." February 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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