When one thinks of Vogue magazine a few things probably pop into mind; high fashion, supermodels, and celebrities. My own magazine obsessed brain goes right to the association of the publication to it’s the legendary editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. Though Wintour may technically be top dog, there is a new star rising within the Vogue family and her name is Grace Coddington.
|Grace Coddington, Creative Director – Vogue US
Photographed by Danielle Levitt
The creative director at Vogue, Grace Coddington was introduced to much of the world with the 2009 documentary film release of The September Issue. The movie followed the magazine staff in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the September issue of Vogue. In many ways she was the star of the movie, outshining Wintour with both personality and passion for her work.
|Grace Coddington (left) and Anna Wintour (right) in ‘The September Issue’|
Coinciding with Vogue’s 120th anniversary, Coddington has written a memoir simply titled, Grace: A Memoir. Along with her rise from fashion model to Vogue’s creative director, her story also includes real life struggles and obstacles. Coddington was recently interviewed by NPR’s Terry Gross in regard to her memoir’s release. The radio interview is a great preview of the book and I encourage you to take a listen and then join me in reading the memoir of this remarkably talented woman.