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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Grace by Grace Coddington – review

The narrative, for me, never reached the level of the prose used to describe her childhood. Comparing the fashion world then and now, she takes us on an incredibly juicy journey first as a model, then as a fashion editor for British Vogue and finally as creative director for American Vogue confiding in the reader a host of colourful stories behind many of the fashion shoots she has styled as well as also opening up about her private life including details about failed marriages and the tragic death of her sister.

You can feel the stateliness of beautiful of the inn her parents ran and the changes in lifestyle brought on by a full house in the summer and the emptiness of winter. Her memoirs are a quick and entertaining read that touch upon various aspects of her personal life and career from her childhood in Wales to her modeling career in Londo Like most people I fell in love with Grace Coddington after seeing her in the Vogue documentary The September Issue.

Sketching is nothing new for Grace, who sketched each outfit whenever she attended fashion shows in Paris, Milan, and New York. Grace is honest without being snarky, perhaps the benefit of the wisdom that her age brings.

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.


She comes across — in both the book and the film — as outspoken, idealistic, visionary, almost childlike.

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Fashion industry Biography books reviews. What a fun, breezy read!

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. Towards the end of the book though, she had this wonderful section devoted to her cats. I think they are clever and endearing. As she repeatedly states, On the surface, this fashion memoir is a fun piece of fluff, like a good Vogue magazine piece. Had this book been a bit more balanced in regards to her personal life versus her work life I would have given it a 5 star.

Those are actually the highlight of the book.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review

Names are dropped rather than unpacked; fashion is described not deconstructed. When did books start costing that much?! 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. The average reader may find the writing a little bit pretentious, since not everyone is of the jet set and may not relate to most of what is written about.

Memolr is also very catty ha ha, get it? Preview — Grace by Grace Coddington. 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 coddingtonn it was she came to understand.

This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. 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.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review – Telegraph

Order by newest oldest recommendations. It wasn’t as pretty as Jean Shrimpton’s, but somehow it stuck. There is no romanticism or soft focus lens pointed at her recollections. This book certainly isn’t for everyone.


I got in from the library on my iPad and read it mostly on my front porch. Her illustrations are perfection and add a whimsical flavour to her story as they are very much a part of her, in fact even in this digital age she continues to sketch the fashions she sees at shows.

Show 25 25 50 All. I now spend five – sometimes six – days a week at the library, surrounded by rows and rows of books Unfortunately for Anna Wintour, she is so controlled and expressionless that the director uses Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, as her foil.

It’s beautifully filmed and no matter what your interest in fashion, I don’t think you can help but be intrigued by the personalities of Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. Sep 13, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: Through cdodington of star-studded evenings, coupled with the charming pen and ink illustrations that dot the book, Coddington details the domino-stacked series of 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.

Ok – I don’t like cats but I can understand the connection and maybe I would have been more interested coddkngton this if I felt like she gave any human the same amount of time or reflection.

Anyone hoping to find out what she really thinks about Galliano, Lagerfeld et al is, then, going to be disappointed — unless terrifying thought she really does think that everyone in fashion is clever and funny and generally adorable.