Friday, January 22, 2016

Grace Coddington: One of A Kind



 Grace Coddington (born April 20, 1941) is a former model and the creative director of American Vogue magazine.
Coddington was born on April 20, 1941 to hotelier parents on the island of  Anglesey, Wales. Her interest in fashion began in her teens, when she would anxiously await the arrival of a current issue of  Vogue magazine, which was at least three months outdated because she needed to order it on "Rush-Copy". She lived many miles away from any designer shops, so Vogue was her only connection to the fashion world. She says that she loves "the whole sort of chic thing ("Italianate Culture ") [about Vogue] that was so entirely out of context compared to the lifestyle that [she] led". As a teen, she was pale-skinned and convent -educated and never went anywhere on her holidays, so she just looked at Vogue.
Around the age of 17, there was a Vogue model competition, and someone submitted her pictures. She ended up winning the Young Model section. She then began her modeling career for Vogue. 
At the age of 26, she was in car accident that left her with head injuries and a removed eyelid, which was later reconstructed through plastic surgery.
Two years after the accident she was interviewed by British Vogue's Editor, Beatrix Miller, and was employed as a Junior Editor. After nineteen years as Photo Editor with British Vogue, she moved to New York to work for  Calvin Klein. In July 1988, she joined Anna Wintour at American Vogue, where she remains the magazine's creative director.
As of January 2016, Coddington announced that she would be exiting her role as Creative Director at Vogue in order to pursue other projects.
Coddington came into the public eye in 2009 with the release of The September Issue, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue. She plays a prominent role in the film as she is heavily involved in the styling and production of the issue. Her often-tense relationship with editor Anna Wintour is also highlighted.
 Goddington was married in 1968 to Michael Chow, a restaurateur. They divorced a year later. She later married the photographer Willie Christie. They were divorced.
She raised her nephew Tristan, since the age of 8, after the death of her sister Rosemary..
In 1986, she moved to New York to work for Calvin Klein..She has since then lived with her partner, hair stylist Didier Malige,  and several cats..
In 2010, she announced plans to write a memoir with her collaborator Jay Fielden. The two had previously worked together on the 2002 photo book, Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue.. But after Jay took a job as the editor of Town & Country, Grace had to postpone writing the book until 2011, after she decided to write the book with Michael Roberts. The book deal is reported to be worth $1.2 million.. Her memoir, Grace, was published in November 2012.

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