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Grace: A Memoir Hardcover – November 20, 2012
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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
About the Author
Grace Coddington lives in New York City and Long Island with her partner, Didier Malige, and their two cats, Bart and Pumpkin.
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I started out by listening to it as she read and had to buy the book. This woman...this ICON of fashion has been everywhere, done everything and met everyone. She is so humble and it comes through in this book. I've been amazed by her fashion editorial spreads for years but to hear how she decides what to do, how to dress the models, how she wants them to stand, etc. is fascinating.
Her early years as a model and the things she's been through in her life make her even more down to earth.
I so admire her and all she's done. Keep on keeping on, Grace. I hope you have many more years to make your magic at Vogue.
GQ, Vogue, and Vanity Fair are the magazines that I look through for inspiration and ideas. I noticed that; when it came to the Vogue editorials, the fashion editor of my absolute favorite editorials were Grace Coddington. I have never picked up a auto-biographical book that school had not forced me to read. This one is great because it has given me an insight to one piece of the editorial process. I am not a speed reader, but I have had this book for about a week and am more than half way through it. I am really glad that I bought this book.
I believe that for anyone that saw The September Issue movie, will appreciate this book greatly. Ms Coddington was the standout in the movie and reading this book feels as if she is telling you her story as oppose to you reading about it.
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I found it easy to read, funny, serious and highly educative. If you are interested in knowing more about her:do read it. From my point of view you will not learn much of her past, but you will learn how she made her way through in the business of fashion.