The fashion doyenne’s memoir may be starry but it lacks depth, insight redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue’s creative director. Gaby Wood celebrates the hopscotch life of Grace Coddington, one of fashion’s most enduring icons. When Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington left Wales at eighteen for a modeling career, it was just the beginning of her epic life in.

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Even if you don’t care about fashion which honestly, I don’t the photographs are stunning, and the book’s inside look at a secretive and unknown world is fun and compelling.

At the end, Grace touches on aging and beauty, but nowhere does she approach any discussion on the requirements for models in today’s fashion industry. Towards the end of the book though, she had this wonderful section devoted to her cats.

Grace: A Memoir

Frankly, the rest is none of our business. Take it or leave it. But there’s really no point in writing a memoir if you’re not going to give anything away. She is a fascinating woman who, unlike many in fashion, is much more focused on her passions than trumpeting her importance. I was prepared to dislike the book after buying it, but charged ahead because I had to get it read this week. Coddington thinks there was far too much of her in the film, and she suspects her boss felt the same way.


‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington

Dec 31, Bethany rated it liked it Shelves: The only complaint I would have is that “the Cod “as she is sometimes affectionately referred to,keeps her cards close to her chest bringing British reticence to a new low.

That was the best part of this book. Coddingtoj 06, Erin rated it liked it. Grace steals the picture, and it ends up being far more interesting watching Grace manage photo shoots, argue with Meoir, and in general live a far more vibrant life.

Also, the drawings were cute and I liked the photos from her early days. Sep 01, Alex rated it really liked it. I was introduced to coddingtkn by Bruce Weber.

It’s mystifying when she claims not to be a reader because she has the best writing style I’ve ever seen. In London, she worked as a waitress at the Stockpot and waited for her ship to come in. The book is full of glamorous photo shoots, exotic locations and parties thrown by the top fashion players in the world.

Aug 31, Andd Becker rated it really liked it.

Jan 17, Stephanie rated it it gracw ok. I like cats and all bu This book has been super hyped up. For its honesty however limited in scope and the importance in the fashion industry of the person it comes from I give it 3 stars.


Major life events are casually scattered among dinner parties and travel. Before reading this book, see the documentary “The September Issue”. It wasn’t as pretty as Jean Shrimpton’s, but somehow it stuck. When the film was released init was clear that the camera had loved a different creature, a pale and tetchy redhead called Grace Coddington, who is Vogue ‘s creative director. She’s charming and wickedly funny.

Book review: ‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington. – The Boston Globe

I was interested she thought Christy Turlington is the most beautiful model she has worked with. She is in a profession that tells stories through images. In contrast, pages and pages and pages are devoted to the cool people she hung out with in her youth, her modeling career and particularly the photo shoots she has styled for fashion magazines.

For someone who doesn’t read, she has done a great job of writing her memoir. Grace, like Pamela a generation before, made her way in the world.

Jan 14, Carolann rated it it was amazing Shelves: Preview — Grace by Grace Coddington. I love your work.