Coddington, creative director of the American Vogue magazine, has much to impart (which she has done before in Grace: 30 Years of Fashion at Vogue, 2002, and The Catwalk Cats, 2008). Fashionistas, rejoice, because not only does she chronicle the life and times of a former model turned editor; she also discusses those whose names appear in any celebrity column—photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and Bruce Weber, models like Naomi Campbell, and the Calvin Klein and French couture maîtres. What saves this from becoming a download of the activities of the rich and famous is, first, her amazing candor. We learn, for instance, that marriages don’t agree with her, that her sister Rosemary died of a combination OD–hospital malfeasance issue, and that editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is not as portrayed in The Devil Wears Prada. And, second, her charming and lively pen-and-ink illustrations grace every chapter—and almost every page. Just what you would ask for from a revered behind-the-scenes magazine editor is what you get here. --Barbara Jacobs
"[A] splashy, dishy, very giftable memoir" The New York Times "An absolutely beautiful book. As you would expect from the creative director of American Vogue, it is both stylish and striking, Coddington is a survivor, and this memoir is testimony to that" -- Sarah Vine The Times "This memoir of a life in style from the 1960s until today will be equally absorbing for those who love the fashion world and those who find it impenetrably alien. Either way, as seen through Coddington's eyes, it is never less than fascinating" -- Vanessa Friedman Financial Times "Grace Coddington is truly inspirational ... Her memoir should be in every fashionista's stocking this year" -- Henry Holland Evening Standard (ES Magazine) "A must have for every woman in the industry. It's a book to read, reread and reference regularly. Grace Coddington is truly a fashion hero and should be celebrated on Christmas Day and everyday after" Fashion Foie Gras --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
An interesting perspective with an insiders view of the fashion world. Loved the illustrations by Grace!Published 12 days ago by LynNOLA
this was a gift. it said brand new, which it did look like it, but some of the pages were bentPublished 2 months ago by Kristin Newton
I really loved the book. It is the first book i've ever read.Published 3 months ago by Felipe Solis
If you want to understand what is wrong with the book publishing industry, read this book. But don't buy it - that would be feeding a very nasty beast indeed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by gothamette
I couldn't put down this interesting account of Grace Coddington's adventures in the world of fashion. The charming illustrations and witty observations made it a joy to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexandra S.