When someone says American Vogue, it would be easy for your first thought to be Anna Wintour. But if you’re well versed in fashion – it may also be Grace Coddington. Born in Wales and originally a model, Grace Coddington began working at Vogue in 1988 and in January 2016 announced that she was to leave her role as Creative Director “effective immediately”.
For many, their introduction to Grace Coddington will have been The September Issue, released in 2009 which showed just some of Grace’s elaborate and fairytale-like productions – also known as photoshoots and editorials, that Anna Wintour would then furiously edit. It was Grace’s compelling vision for American Vogue that captured so many, and for the first time, really showed the world the life of a stylist – one of the best in the world.
She told BOF earlier this January, “I really love Vogue, it’s been in my life always, they discovered me as a model at 19… I’m not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors. But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out [and] give talks to people. It’s just another approach. I’m certainly not going into retirement. I don’t want to sit around.”
And with so much focus on digital and an uncertainty in the magazine world – we couldn’t be more delighted that Grace Coddington now has a second book for us to indulge in. 400 pages and nearly 300 images of some of her most iconic shoots with the best fashion photographers in the industry – we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy!
To meet Grace Coddington and get your own signed copy of Grace: The American Vogue Years all you have to do is pre-order the book in store at the Harrods Bookshop or call +44 (0)20 7730 1234.
Signing details: Monday 19th September 2016 at Shoe Heaven, Fifth Floor, from 4:30pm to 6pm to collect your copy, and between 5pm and 7pm have it personally signed by the style icon.
Find out more here. (We’re so excited!)