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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The movie prompted her to write her memoirs despite initially eschewing the new-found publicity. Grace populates her book with names of famous models, hairdressers, makeup artists, designers, photographers, editors, and well-known fashion celebs such as Anna Wintour.

Grace: A Memoir

She’s very much like, “well, here I am, if you think this is interesting. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And she knows that.

Oddly enough for someone who “doesn’t read” the book was more cerebral and didn’t have mmemoir lot of heart. Jan 17, Elsie Grimes rated it it was amazing.

She spends way more time talking about her pets in detail and their personalities than a single human in her book, including her various ex-husbands. When did books start costing that much?! Want to Read saving…. This is the dichotomy of Coddington.

Major life events are casually scattered among dinner parties and travel. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. She sails through descriptions of various major life events in a sentence or two – particularly as it relates to relationships.

It is its own microcosm. Mekoir has lived a full and fabulous life. She was photographed by Norman Parkinsonhad her hair cut by Vidal Sassoonand was duly awarded a nickname: But then you realise, of course, that Grace Coddington is not a follower — of fashion, or anything else.


More from the web. By the way, she’s a cat fanatic and the chapter on cats, and the great drawings, are almost the best of the book. Those are actually the highlight of the book. She wisely devotes a chapter to Wintour, and then launches into cpddington about photo shoots with a surly Madonna and her own wise thoughts on aging.

Grace by Grace Coddington – review

She writes of the accident as coolly as she describes a photo shoot in the Bahamas. Jun 21, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 16, JZ NJ rated it did not like it. It’s a beautiful book, full of Grace’s fun illustrations, and definitely worth buying to have that lovely orange copy on your shelves.

Bio Coddington G For somebody who has had such a glamorous career and befriended so many famous designers, photographers, and models, it took the documentary “The September Issue” about the inner workings at Vogue magazine to make icon Grace Coddington famous outside her fashion circles.

She even addresses The Devil Wears Pradaalthough briefly. 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 coddingto her sister.


The narrative, for me, never reached the level of codvington prose used to describe her childhood. Really, it is like letting an addict loose in a pile of happiness. I of course thought I was so clever in cheering for Grace in the documentary – the anti-Anna in so many ways.

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington: review – Telegraph

In my opinion, biographies can be either terrific or tedious – there is no in-between. 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. 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 Grace Coddington’s coddingfon of fashion and cats alone make me love her and want to know her better.

Aug 31, Andd Becker rated it really liked it. She writes as though her meomir just fell into place. Lists with This Book. Some photos, lots of her cartoonish drawings, and a number of pages of her Vogue pictures.

A Memoir’ was my latest listen. Gace know some critics have complained that Grace glosses over certain major life events but I took the book for what it was.