The fashion doyenne’s memoir may be starry but it lacks depth, insight redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue’s creative director. Swinging London, chic Paris, sizzling St.-Tropez When Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington left Wales at eighteen for a modeling. Gaby Wood celebrates the hopscotch life of Grace Coddington, one of fashion’s most enduring icons.

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Except when it came to the cats! Also, the drawings were cute and I liked the photos from her early days. Though she plays down the fanfare she received for being so optimistic, down-to-earth and real when compared to the cold and calculating Anna Wintour, Coddingtom still count her among one of my biggest female inspirations.

It’s at this point that all the heat goes out of her book. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. By pageI had disconnected from the story and was just reading to finish the book. Am sure he fashion world is pleased to be named in your book, because you didn’t miss any, it seems. She is also very catty ha ha, get it?

Fashion has been Grace’s passion since childhood. She is English, in every since of the word, and in the era she grew up in, miscarriage would have been spoken of in whispers, let alone publicly, and I felt her brief mention of it was very telling about how her social environment evolved from her little English hotel to bustling, independent Manhattan.

She began with British Vogue in the s, moved to creative director of Calvin Klein in the s, to American Vogue in She is a fascinating woman who, unlike many in fashion, is much more focused on her passions than trumpeting her importance. I was not surprised nor disappointed that Grace did not “dish”. She is in a profession that tells stories through images. To ask other readers questions about Graceplease sign up. Jul 20, Christina McLain added it.


I love your work. Grace is not so much a memoir as it is a primer on who’s-who in 20th century fashion. Just really lovely — and something that I as a fellow pet lover could absolutely relate to. This memoir written by Grace Coddington with Michael Roberts is essential reading for the fashionista crowd.

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

Absolutely — that world makes sense to me. Refresh and try again. I like cats and all bu This book has been super hyped up.

All the drawings are Grace’s work. It is jam packed with interesting facts on her career beginning as a model covdington culminating as creative director of American Vogue, a magazine she adored from childhood.

Grace populates her book with names of famous models, hairdressers, makeup artists, designers, photographers, editors, and well-known fashion celebs such as Anna Wintour. An unusual practice for me.

This is the dichotomy of Coddington. I na documentary team began filming The September Issuea behind-the-scenes look at American Vogue as staff put together the magazine’s fattest number of the year under the direction of Anna Wintour, its somewhat scary editor. Dec 29, Samantha L. Grace Coddington has such a distinctive voice, and she’s incredibly candid about her life and career. The photo shoots that she carefully orchestrates for Vogue are brimming with romance expressed through billowing, full skirts and multitextured backgrounds.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For example, she talks about her lunch interview to make the transition from model to fashion editor, but never describes what it is a fashion editor actually does. Willie Christie recalls his life with the fashion editor Grace Coddington, Hardcoverpages. My only complaint was the tendency to jump around in the time line of events which could be confusing. The movie prompted her to write her memoirs despite initially eschewing the new-found publicity.

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I came away with a real appreciation for the art that is the Grace Coddington fashion spread shoot despite having no interest in Vogue myself prior. Coddington thinks there was far too much of her in the film, and she suspects her boss felt the same way. Jan 14, Carolann rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. She seemed quite bright in passages.

Grace by Grace Coddington – review

Grace is at her most interesting talking about her early life as a model in London, her friends, her family, and her creative ideas. Topics Autobiography and memoir The Observer. Fast gracr with lots of glamour. Major life changing events, such as being in a disfiguring car accident right when her modeling career was taking off, or miscarrying at 7 months after her car was overturned by soccer hooligans, are dispensed with coddinngton a paragraph or two.

So glad I bought myself this.