Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

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Read Grace: A Memoir Online Free - Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.
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. 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 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.
Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor—the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.

“If Wintour is the Pope . . . Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year.”—Time

Title : Grace: A Memoir
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ISBN : 0812993357
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Lena rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 13, 2013

Grace Coddington is the foul-mouthed creative director of American Vogue who first became widely known in the documentary film, The September Issue. She was such an odd character in the film that when I first heard she had written a memoir, I though, now there is a woman who must have some intere...

Madeline rated it ★★★★☆

December 16, 2015

Like most of the people who know who Grace Coddington is, I first became aware of her when I watched The September Issue, a documentary about the creation of an issue of Vogue magazine. Anna Wintour was intended to be the focus of the film (thanks to her becoming a household name after the succes...

Bayneeta rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 20, 2013

I believe this was in a Woodridge "Bookletters Daily" email. Liked the movie September Issue; figured this would be interesting. Lots and lots of names dropped. I recognized only a very small percentage of the hundreds mentioned: big name designers, a handful of models, and a few photographers. A...

Bethany rated it ★★★☆☆

January 01, 2013

She has a cat psychic. 'Nuf said.

J rated it ★★★☆☆

February 04, 2013

Book club is nearing and I haven’t been able to get this book from the library (d’oh!), so I went out and bought it. An unusual practice for me. It was $35! When did books start costing that much?! I was prepared to dislike the book after buying it, but charged ahead because I had to get it read t...

Ruth rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2013

Like most viewers, I was captivated by Grace Coddington in the movie The September Issue. The movie prompted her to write her memoirs despite initially eschewing the new-found publicity. This book is a description of Grace's life to date accompanied by beautiful, quirky line drawings sketched by...

JZ rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 16, 2012

dear Grace, Like many others I enjoyed you in the movie The September Issue! You broke the mold- feisty, opinionated oozing with style and artistic vision! 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...

Elsie rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2013

If you watched the 2009 documentary film ‘The September Issue’ about Vogue Magazine’s Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, the most revered – and feared – woman in fashion, then you would have definitely taken notice of a certain flame-haired Creative Director by the name of Grace Coddington. Introduced...

Stephanie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 24, 2013

Light but enjoyable. I know some critics have complained that Grace glosses over certain major life events but I took the book for what it was. It is true that I would have liked a little more depth and feeling but Grace's story is interesting nonetheless and she has a good "voice." Although she i...

Kristie rated it ★★★★☆

June 03, 2013

I spent a good majority of this book thinking it was pretty plodding. It felt like tons of name-dropping to me. I had a difficult time finding an "in" or a way to relate. I'm not into fashion. I'm not a hugely visual person. I'm not an artist. I just didn't understand the world she was trying to...

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