Grace Coddington has one of those careers that people getting into fashion now can only dream about. It spans over 50 years and is packed with as many tales as accrued air miles, as one would expect from someone who traverses the globe drawing inspiration from every corner for a living. She got her start by entering Vogue’s Young Model competition at age 17, and was soon posing for the likes of Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Norman Parkinson, and others. After a car accident, Coddington refocused her talents, eventually becoming the photo editor at British Vogue before hopping the pond to Calvin Klein and then the magazine’s American counterpart, where she has been a preeminent member of the Vogue tribe for the past 24 years. As anyone who has seen The September Issue can attest, there is a real warmth to Coddington’s sensibility, both personally and aesthetically. She cares about her projects no matter how big or small. A photo-driven coffee-table book of the same name was published in 2002, while Grace ($35, Random House), the memoir, provides the insight behind the iconic imagery. Early reviews are tantalizing, especially for anyone who appreciates the art démodé.
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