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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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She is 71, which is the new 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.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review

But where that book was narrated by a woman long retired, and free to say whatever she liked — in DV ‘s opening paragraph, Vreeland merrily describes punching the agent Swifty Lazar on the nose — Coddington is at the heart of the fashion establishment, and must therefore be discreet; one gathers that even now she still dreads losing her job. She writes of the falsity of plastic surgery but nothing on why fashion editors continue to promote unrealistic youth and body images or the decisions and pressures she faced in making artistic choices that either led or followed the trends.

This book is impossible to follow, poorly written and sounds li Looking for a quick vacation-read. Better end of 3. 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?

And then there was the cat chapter. 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.


Frankly, the rest is none of our business. She writes about eight beloved cats. 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.

She is no eccentric. There are lots of rich and famous names used in the book, but in the right context and definitely not ‘name dropping’ as these people are Like most viewers, I was captivated by Grace Coddington in the movie The September Issue. Yet when Grace Coddington talks about her life she just seems totally natural and down to earth. Speaking of rambling, there is a long windbag of a chapter about her cats. Except when it came to the cats!

Grace by Grace Coddington – review | Books | The Guardian

Give your pets whole personalities! So my expectations were high for this book I think and perhaps I was a bit disappointed. We hear about some pretty painful stuff: She is also the breakout star — if such a thing exists in a documentary — of R. This is the best bit of the book, for she evokes island life quite beautifully: How could the woman who steadfastly plants those flats on the floor and refuses to budge during kerfuffles with Wintour not gain notoriety among fashion fans?

‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington

Just because I didn’t completely understand that world, I shouldn’t dismiss it out of turn. Her own drawings of cats and sketches of herself in designer clothes add an extra dimension to the book. In Normandy, she and a makeup artist spend an hour fruitlessly tipping buckets of dye into the sea, the better to make it blue for the photographer David LaChapelle.

It is jam packed with interesting facts on her career beginning as a model and culminating as creative director of American Vogue, a magazine she adored from childhood. The parts on Anna Wintour were appropriate and descriptive enough so that you understood her presence and leadership in Vogue and what their relationship was and is. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.


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Her emotion lies in fashion. 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. With nothing gracee else to do, she took the fantasy world of Vogue to heart, and it was from among its pages that, aged 18, she clipped a tiny paragraph advertising, for the price of 25 guineas, a two-week course at the Cherry Marshall modelling school in Mayfair.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Feb 19, Heather rated it did not like it. While I loathe ebooks, I adore audio books. It’s a beautiful book, full of Grace’s fun illustrations, and definitely worth buying to have that lovely orange copy on your shelves.

Grace is at her most interesting talking about her early life as a model in London, her friends, her family, and her creative ideas. Willie Christie recalls his life with the fashion editor Grace Coddington, She never comes out and says it, but you can see very clearly in her life story that America gave her the chance to be free and creative in ways Memoor never could.

This is the best memoir I have ever read. Oddly though, her family is barely mentioned in comparison. Just really lovely — and something that I as a fellow pet lover could absolutely relate to. Too much of the book is lists of names of photographers, designers, models, and celebrities she meets and works with. To ask other readers questions about Graceplease sign up.


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