Last week, I finished Grace: A Memoir, by Vogue’s one and only legendary Creative Director.
I was excited to read this because, before I did, I didn’t know much about Ms. Coddington except for the fact that she was considered ‘The Nice One’ at Vogue. A classmate of mine interned at the magazine two summers ago and said she was the only person who’d ever say ‘hi’ to you.
Grace made a name for herself in R.J. Cutler’s documentary, The September Issue. A film that was supposed to be about the making of the magazine’s most important annual issue, it seemed to, instead, confirm that Anna Wintour is one serious woman. More importantly, it showed how inspirational and realistic Grace is. Her memoir does the same (there’s a chapter on cats because she loves them so much!)
If you watch ‘The September Issue’ and then read her book, you’ll see why so many people think highly of Grace. She stands up to Anna when she believes in an idea. She doesn’t take town cars, but prefers the subway. She goes to the local nail salon to get her nails done. She still styles the models instead of having an assistant do it for her. She hates technology and only learned how to text and email a few years ago.
Grace: A Memoir can be purchased at Barnes and Noble for $35.