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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Grace by Grace Coddington – review

As she repeatedly states, On the surface, this fashion memoir is a fun piece of fluff, like a good Vogue magazine piece. Get The Weekender in your inbox:.

It’s also disconcerting, to say the least, to find grave events — the car accident coddihgton which she lost the only child she was ever able to conceive; the breakdown and early death of her sister, whose son Coddington later adopted — passed over in two cool sentences, when she is willing to devote several pages to her favourite models, and a whole chapter gracr her cats.

The one redeeming quality the book has is that it features the many of the covers and magazine spreads discussed in the book so you don’t have to imagine what they look like—they are all right there.

At her local nail salon, for instance, where the staff are Korean, they can’t get enough of her.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review – Telegraph

More from the web. Dec 31, Bethany rated it liked it Shelves: 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!


When the film was released init was clear that the camera had loved a different creature, a pale and tetchy redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue ‘s creative director. I hope she lives to be a hundred and writes ten more books! 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.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. When did books start costing that much?! There were some good topics but they were often punctuated with names I didn’t know and descriptions of what Gracr and others wore. 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 Issuea documentary about the creation of an issue of Vogue magazine.

This book certainly mmemoir for everyone. Trace tales of star-studded evenings, coupled with the charming pen and ink illustrations that dot the book, Coddington details the domino-stacked series coddinggon coincidences and acquaintances that led to a career of working with top photographers of the s on covers for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle.

The book is full of glamorous photo shoots, exotic locations and parties thrown by the top fashion players in the world.

In life, I admire emotional reticence. But the editors really failed her by not finding her a co-writer who could tease her stories out of yb in a more competent fashion.

Nov 20, Mary Holland rated it really liked it. Soon after graduating from Cherry Marshall, Coddington won a Vogue modelling competition, and was suddenly in demand. And what happens in polite conversation when something sensitive is mentioned? An unusual practice memior me. Grace is to be credited for her achievement despite the odds and competition.


Oh, it also lies with her much adored cats, which get an entire chapter. This is a random collection of stories from the creative director at Vogue.

Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year. She did not secomb to plastic surgery, Botox or fashion that did not define who she was as a person. Also, it was grrace to learn a few things about the fashion world I subscribe to Vogue but am only middling interested in high fashion. Coddington hated The Devil Memor Prada: Grace dreams about cats, not fashion.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review

Yes, an entire chapter about her various cats and their personalities and the animal psychic that she uses to communicate with them. May 26, Andrea Marley rated it did not like it. I of course thought I was so clever in cheering for Grace in the documentary – the anti-Anna in so many ways. This book has been super hyped up. I will say her little sketches throughout are very charming. The first part of the book when she describes her childhood 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.

Dec 29, Samantha L. Published November 20th by Random House first published January 1st