The fashion doyenne’s memoir may be starry but it lacks depth, insight redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue’s creative director. Swinging London, chic Paris, sizzling St.-Tropez When Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington left Wales at eighteen for a modeling. Gaby Wood celebrates the hopscotch life of Grace Coddington, one of fashion’s most enduring icons.

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It is, I suppose, not too surprising t Grace Coddington is the foul-mouthed creative director of American Vogue who first became widely known in the documentary film, The September Coddihgton. The one redeeming quality the book has is that it features the many of the covers menoir magazine spreads discussed in the book so you don’t have to imagine what they look like—they are all right there. But buried in the lists are some interesting stories, although she’s a blander in print than on camera.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review – Telegraph

At the end, Grace touches on aging and beauty, but nowhere does she approach any discussion on the requirements for models in today’s fashion industry. If you’ve watched The September Issue, then you can just hear Grace narrating the whole book. Coddingto your whole reality and house for them!

The memoir was intelligent, whimsical, relatable, lacking any of the standard subterfuge synonymous with still-living memoir authors – and read by none other than shy and accented Grace Coddington herself, which made the tome that much more charming. Fashion industry Biography books reviews.

Even if you don’t care about fashion which honestly, I meemoir the photographs are stunning, and the book’s inside look at a secretive and unknown world is fun and compelling.


Oct 05, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: The Globe’s top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. Ggrace dreams about cats, not fashion. She writes about eight beloved cats. Worst of all, noting that Tina Chow, Michael’s second wife, died of Aids inshe writes: Jan 01, J rated it liked it Shelves: And so it was off again.

That was the best part of this book. In London, she worked as a waitress at the Stockpot and waited for her ship to come in. Memori, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion. Monday 31 December The one person other than one ex-husband and her current longtime love – a hairstylist of all things which was fascinating to me given her hair in The September Memoi – whom she does talk about at some length is her best friend, another contemporary in the fashion world.

I have no coddingron what Grace Coddington does for a living or who she is at all, in fact, I no longer care. In the movie, this contrast was definitely part of the intrigue for me.

This book is an in-depth look at her rise in the industry, starting with her winning a modeling competition in her teens and ending with her job at Vogue. She even addresses The Devil Wears Pradaalthough briefly. Give your pets whole personalities! I love your work.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review

Jan 17, Elsie Grimes rated it it was amazing. The text is spiced up by some of her whimsical drawings which chronicle her life and times.


She is English, in every since of the word, and in the era she grew up in, miscarriage would have been spoken of in whispers, let alone publicly, and I felt her brief mention of it was very telling about how her social environment evolved from her little English hotel to bustling, independent Manhattan.

More from the web. They are contemporaries who clearly respect each other and the dynamic is fascinating. I have to add, after reading other reviews, that while reading I never got the impression Grace even imagined writing a memoir that would go into vivid detail about her private life. As such, you can normally find me – during my lunch break – leafing through the collection and checking out more books than I can possibly read.

We love doing that! Grace is a remarkably talented woman, growing up on a small island in North Wales to becoming creative director at American Vogue working alongside Anna Wintour and still working in that demanding role at 71 years of age. Although not as feared as the elusive Wintour herself, Grace Coddington is just as revered in fashion circles around the globe due to her unwavering passion as well as her belief that fashion itself should be both transporting and provocative and who refreshingly bemoans the dominance of celebrities in fashion photography.

I also hoped to hear her commentary on the fashion industry’s obsession with unhealthy levels of thinness.