Thursday, November 29, 2012

Industry Icon of the Week: Grace Coddington

At the age of 71, Grace Coddington has made a real mark on the fashion industry.  The British woman, who is currently the creative director for American Vogue, began life as a convent-educated child, who yearned to be around fashion with only the pages of Vogue to keep her urge satisfied.

At 17, someone submitted her pictures to a Vogue model contest and she ended up winning in the young model category.  She was a top model during the ‘60s, alongside Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton.  At the age of 28, she joined British Vogue as a junior editor, soon becoming a photo editor.  She ended up staying there for nineteen years.  Next, she moved to New York City to work for Calvin Klein and in 1988 she joined Anna Wintour at American Vogue, and since has been the creative director.

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In 2009, after The September Issue was released, Time Magazine wrote, “If Wintour is the Pope . . . , Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year. (

The movie depicted a hard-working and truly inspiring Coddington, and how hard she works for Vogue to put together immaculate fashion spreads.  This brought her into the spotlight and gave her great credibility.

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On November 20th, her memoir came out entitled “Grace: A Memoir” and is for sure set to become a bestseller.  The book gives an introspective of Grace’s life during her times as a model, working with the top photographers and designers in the world, to her time at British and American Vogues.  Amazon declares Grace by saying, “Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon.” (

By: Adam Keller

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