Grace Coddington at a 2009 signing for her book, The Catwalk Cats.
April 20, 1941 |
|Notable credit(s)||Fashion Model, Junior Editor for Vogue British Vogue, Creative Director for U.S. Vogue|
|Title||Creative Director for U.S. Vogue|
|Family||Raised her sister's son after her sister's death|
Grace Coddington (born April 20, 1941) is a former model and the creative director of American Vogue magazine.
Early life and modeling career
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teens, when she would anxiously await the arrival of a current issue of Vogue magazine, which was at least three months outdated due to the fact that she needed to order it on "Rush-Copy".[clarification needed] She lived many miles away from any designer shops, so Vogue was her only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 disfigured (she lost her eyelid). She later had plastic surgery to have it reconstructed. Two years after the accident, at the age of 28, 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.
The September Issue
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.
Coddington 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 $1.2m.  Her memoir, Grace, was published in November 2012.
- These biographical details are from interviews appearing in the 2009 film, The September Issue in which Coddington is featured alongside Anna Wintour as they prepared the 2007 September issue of Vogue.
- "Grace Coddington", Time magazine, August 28, 2003
- Mark Holgate, "State of Grace", New York magazine, August 25, 2002
- Bryan Moylan, "How Grace Coddington Stole The September Issue from Anna Wintour", Gawker, August 24, 2009
- Lydia Martin, "A quiet interivew with 'Mr. Chow'", Miami Herald, January 31, 2010
- "Picture Perfect," by Charles Gandee, VOGUE, October 1996, page 339.
- Grace Coddington, Didier Malige, Sally Singer, and Michael Roberts (2006). The Catwalk Cats. Edition 7L. ISBN 9783865213440.
- Coddington, Grace (2002). Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. Steidl Publishing. ISBN 9783882438185.
- Elle,"Grace Coddington bags a book deal"
- Nick Axelrod, "Coddington Memoir... TV Camera Ready...", Womens Wear Daily, August 22, 2010
- Coddington, Grace (2012). Grace: A Memoir. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-8129-9335-6.