Grace Coddington And Anna Wintour’s Work Rivalry Makes Them Better At Their JobsGrace Coddington, the Creative Director of Vogue, has been opening up about her relationship with her boss, Anna Wintour, as she promotes her new memoir Grace (Random House). Though they are considered to be somewhat rivals, their healthy competitive relationship makes them both better at their jobs.
“Though I don’t think of them at all as rivals, in thinking of Anna and Grace’s relationship, I was reminded of what McEnroe said about Borg, which is that if Borg hadn’t retired early, he would’ve been a much better tennis player and a better human being. I do think these women bring each other to new heights.”
Grace also, clearly, cares more about what people think about her but I think that makes them a better team.
“I am often heard grumbling about Anna Wintour. For instance, at the end of a fashion meeting at American Vogue in which one of my cherished ideas is arbitrarily dropped. Funnily enough, I had no idea how cantankerous and argumentative I can seem until I saw myself in the film The September Issue. Small surprise that, in the past, Anna has said I am the only person in fashion who can actually grind her down. As the nuns who wrote my school report when I was 14 put it, ‘Grace has a very nice way of getting her own will.’”