Dear Grace Coddington,
I’ll be honest: I didn’t know who you, Grace Coddington, were prior to obsessively watching The September Issue, the documentary that goes into Vogue’s headquarters for the making of it’s annual and legendary September issue, over and over and over and over.
I went into the documentary wanting to be an Anna (Wintour, that is), wanting to be an Editor-in-Chief. I left the documentary wanting to be a you (full frizzy, red hair and all).
As the Creative Director of Vogue, you are every bit romantic, whimsical, creative, genius, and poetic. Your vision is contagious and your work ethic so effortless, even though I know it contains so many elements of grit and tenacity.
For those that don’t know you: You were born off the coast of Wales and lived in your parents’ hotel as a child. At the age of 18, you jetted off to London to be a model. 1968 marked the year you joined British Vogue. Twenty years later, you joined American Vogue as the Creative Director, and the rest has been an overflowing fashionably romantic history. With an auto-biography and monograph serving as best-sellers and a fragrance with Comme des Garçons, this CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Grace Coddington has become an icon.
And for those who don’t know her magic, here is why Grace Coddington is such a whimsical genius.
- Her worlds of art and fashion are always colliding
- She abhors the digital side of our world, preferring the brick and mortar of publication
- Her preference is always models over celebrities
- Fashion is not business, it is art
- If Anna Wintour is the left brain, then Grace is the right
Here are some of her most fantastical shots that are nothing short of brilliance:
Thank you, Grace. Fashion should always be as romantic and artful as it is in your imagination.
**Featured Imaged from Into The Gloss, All photos from Tumblr.com, Photoshoot photos Vogue.com