The fashion doyenne’s memoir may be starry but it lacks depth, insight redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue’s creative director. Gaby Wood celebrates the hopscotch life of Grace Coddington, one of fashion’s most enduring icons. When Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington left Wales at eighteen for a modeling career, it was just the beginning of her epic life in.

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Also, it was interesting to learn a few things about the fashion world I subscribe to Vogue but am only middling interested in high fashion.

Grace by Grace Coddington – review | Books | The Guardian

She has lived a full and fabulous life. Written as a series of well-illustrated articles, the book reflects Grace’s background as a fashion editor. At first, I found it odd that the gdace serious events in her life passed with the lightest mentions coddingtom then I thought it appropriate. Ok – I don’t like cats but I can understand the connection and maybe I would have been more interested in this if I felt like she gave any human the same amount of time or reflection.

While Grace’s grsce ran this picturesque inn, they would never own it. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. When they realised I couldn’t hear them, they mouthed things at me like, ‘I love The September Issue.

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Her view of fashion, past and present, will delight readers who embrace the concept of self-expression through fashionable clothing. Unfortunately for Anna Wintour, she is so controlled and expressionless that the director uses Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, as her foil. But the editors really failed her by not finding her a co-writer who could tease her stories out of her in a more competent fashion.


Mar 10, Malpiszon rated it really liked it.

Later, when driving home, seven months pregnant, Chelsea football fans lifted her Mini off the ground and threw it on to its side; she lost the only child she could ever rgace.

Naomi dutifully arrived trussed up in a tight little Azzedine Alaia dress, her hair totally disheveled, her tights shredded.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review

Take it or leave it. She is also generous with color photos of her life and work. In less than two pages, she tells of coddjngton her eyelid was sliced off in the accident and restoring it required five rounds of plastic surgery. While I loathe ebooks, I adore audio books.

In the movie, this contrast was definitely part of the intrigue for me.

As a very creative magazine codcington, Grace knows how to make a page look good. As a kid grow This is a great book that is long on description of the fashion industry of the past 55 years and of the great fun Grace Coddington had as a model in the 60’s in Swinging London and of the fabulous social scene she enjoyed in the’70’s and onward as a creative force working for such luminaries as Calvin Klein and the ever icy Anna Wintour aka Nuclear Wintour at American and British Vogue.

Apr 08, Teresa Leveille rated it really liked it. In between ggace a lot of fun details about the fashion industry it’s really cool to see how it’s changed since Coddington first started out – when she was a model, she was expected to do her own hair and makeup for shootsplus some gorgeous descriptions of geace shows, and lots of fun name-dropping, like this excerpt: And what happens in polite conversation when something sensitive is mentioned?


Dec 31, Bethany rated it liked it Shelves: I now spend five – sometimes six – days a week at the library, surrounded by rows and rows of books It is its own microcosm. With her pale, make-up-free skin and her geometric orange perm, she looks like a cross between a porcelain doll and a tiger, and her bleakness-to-Technicolor story offers an intriguing slant on the second half of the 20th century.

The book gives a first hand account of basically everyone in hrace fashion industry, and I could see how that would be interesting to many people. memoirr

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

memoif Looking for a quick vacation-read. This book is impossible to follow, poorly written and sounds like tweet or a voicemail or a non-ending stream of thought. Marriages and divorces pop-up at the strangest of times. By primogeniture it was inherited by Grace’s mother’s brother, and when he died it went to another brother.

Grace: A Memoir

I should just step into it. But I must admit that I expected better from Coddington.

The first part of the book when she describes her grafe is organized and has some sense of narrative but as soon as she leaves to go to London t This is a random collection of stories from the creative director at Vogue. Grace dreams about cats, not fashion. She writes as though her career just fell into place.