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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Grace by Grace Coddington. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington. With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far.

Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late s. In she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.

Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published November 20th by Random House first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Grace , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Grace: A Memoir. Dec 09, Lena rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , memoir. Grace Coddington is the foul-mouthed creative director of American Vogue who first became widely known in the documentary film, The September Issue.

She was such an odd character in the film that when I first heard she had written a memoir, I though, now there is a woman who must have some interesting stories to tell. And she does have some very interesting stories to tell, but the sad thing about this memoir is that she is not remotely good at telling them. 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 Issue.

It is, I suppose, not too surprising that a woman who has spent her life working with visual images and confesses to having only read two books as an adult would not have natural writing talent.

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. As it stands, this book is less memoir than it is a list of events - what she did, when she did it, and who was there, with an occasional anecdote thrown in.

Major life changing events, such as being in a disfiguring car accident right when her modeling career was taking off, or miscarrying at 7 months after her car was overturned by soccer hooligans, are dispensed with in a paragraph or two. Perhaps this is because she is a private person, but I closed this book without having gained much insight of any kind into not only Grace herself, but also her work.

For example, she talks about her lunch interview to make the transition from model to fashion editor, but never describes what it is a fashion editor actually does. At one point she comments that it took her years to understand the link between gay culture and fashion fantasy, but doesn't bother to explain what it was she came to understand. I wanted to read this book because I was intrigued that a woman who wore flat shoes, no makeup and had crazy hair would hold such a high position in an industry so heavily focused on looks.

I thought she would have a lot of insights to share about the impact of fashion on culture and have fascinating things to say the artistry behind her industry and its depiction in media. I also hoped to hear her commentary on the fashion industry's obsession with unhealthy levels of thinness.

But aside from a short chapter in which she says she doesn't think women should get plastic surgery, there is very little in the way of insight here. If you are interested in a running commentary on what models and photographers were working where when, it might be worth reading.

Otherwise, I'd give it a pass to avoid the frustration of knowing that there's a good story in there somewhere that simply isn't being told. View all 10 comments. Jun 21, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir. Like most of the people who know who Grace Coddington is, I first became aware of her when I watched The September Issue , a documentary about the creation of an issue of Vogue magazine.

Anna Wintour was intended to be the focus of the film thanks to her becoming a household name after the success of The Devil Wears Prada but it was Coddington, the creative director of the magazine, who stole the show by stomping around in her sensible shoes, rolling her eyes at Photoshop abuse, and going head- Like most of the people who know who Grace Coddington is, I first became aware of her when I watched The September Issue , a documentary about the creation of an issue of Vogue magazine.

Anna Wintour was intended to be the focus of the film thanks to her becoming a household name after the success of The Devil Wears Prada but it was Coddington, the creative director of the magazine, who stole the show by stomping around in her sensible shoes, rolling her eyes at Photoshop abuse, and going head-to-head with Wintour whenever something was cut from one of her photo spreads.

She seems like an incredibly cool person, and the fact that she's been working constantly in the fashion industry since the 60's is nothing to sneer at.

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. In between are 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 shoots , plus some gorgeous descriptions of runway shows, and lots of fun name-dropping, like this excerpt: "During a dinner at the Brasserie Balzar in Saint-Michel with Linda Evangelista and the photographer Peter Lindbergh, Linda's cell phone rang, and a distraught Naomi [Campbell] came on the line, babbling about [Mike] Tyson.

Naomi dutifully arrived trussed up in a tight little Azzedine Alaia dress, her hair totally disheveled, her tights shredded. She had apparently been with Tyson when he had spun alarmingly out of control.

And so it was off again. But not for long. In an unintentionally hilarious passage, she describes seeing Zoolander and calls it "a crass and truly mind-numbing experience", completely missing the point of the movie.

Although, in Coddington's defense, it's hard to maintain a sense of perspective when you've been in the same business for over forty years. She even addresses The Devil Wears Prada , although briefly. She writes, "When I first heard that a former assistant of Anna's had written a book, I thought, 'How disgracefully disloyal' and 'What a horrible thing to do. If nothing else, this memoir is fantastic because of the amount of photos included - besides candid photos of Coddington throughout her life, there are a ton of magazine covers and fashion spreads included, ranging from the early 's to Even if you don't care about fashion which honestly, I don't the photographs are stunning, and the book's inside look at a secretive and unknown world is fun and compelling.

View 1 comment. I believe this was in a Woodridge "Bookletters Daily" email. Liked the movie September Issue; figured this would be interesting. Lots and lots of names dropped. I recognized only a very small percentage of the hundreds mentioned: big name designers, a handful of models, and a few photographers. All pretty superficial.

A miscarriage suffered when 7 months pregnant and said to be the most devastating event of her life gets three lines; her love of cats gets a chapter. Audio read by the author. Some photos, lots of her cartoonish drawings, and a number of pages of her Vogue pictures.

Dec 31, Bethany rated it liked it Shelves: memoir-autobiography. She has a cat psychic. Jan 01, J rated it liked it Shelves: jlb-book-club , biographies-memoirs , fashion. An unusual practice for me.

When did books start costing that much?! I was prepared to dislike the book after buying it, but charged ahead because I had to get it read this week. However, around page 80, Grace gets more involved in fashion and time, truth and morals become extremely relative. By page , I had disconnected from the story and was just reading to finish the book.

The book gives a first hand account of basically everyone in the fashion industry, and I could see how that would be interesting to many people. I kid you not. Fast read. Visually attractive. Read in one long day at home. Dec 16, JZ NJ rated it did not like it. You broke the mold- feisty, opinionated oozing with style and artistic vision! So I was excited to download the e book from the library, and am glad I didn't pay for this book, Where was the Grace Coddington I discovered in The movie?

Sorry to say after reading the first half, enjoying your life's journey from small English town to London fashionista, but skimmed the second half, which became a slog of minutia about your da dear Grace, Like many others I enjoyed you in the movie The September Issue!

Sorry to say after reading the first half, enjoying your life's journey from small English town to London fashionista, but skimmed the second half, which became a slog of minutia about your daily life. Am sure he fashion world is pleased to be named in your book, because you didn't miss any, it seems.

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Look Inside. Nov 20, Minutes Buy. With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late s. In she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.

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Coddington — not from her two earlier books but from the extreme, hallucinatory beauty of the photo spreads she dreams up, styles and supervises. Coddington, who by her late 60s she is now 71 had the look of a vengeful wraith, was once a fresh-faced young beauty with a high-profile modeling career. Throughout, her chameleonlike quality is phenomenal. At first she could look like a young Patty Hearst or a young Garbo. She did couture sophistication and s pop futurism with equal ease.

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I n , a documentary team began filming The September Issue , a behind-the-scenes look at American Vogue as staff put together the magazine's fattest number of the year under the direction of Anna Wintour, its somewhat scary editor. Thanks to The Devil Wears Prada , a novel in which a woman not unlike Wintour is portrayed as a demanding monster by a former assistant, Wintour's fame preceded her; the film-makers must have thought she would be their star. In the end, though, this is not what happened. When the film was released in , it was clear that the camera had loved a different creature, a pale and tetchy redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue 's creative director. Coddington thinks there was far too much of her in the film, and she suspects her boss felt the same way. But it made her, in New York at least, quite famous, and this she likes.

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