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Grace Coddington
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20. November 2012
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

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Random House (20. November 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0812993357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812993356
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,2 x 18,4 x 3,7 cm
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"[A] splashy, dishy, very giftable memoir" (The New York Times)

"An absolutely beautiful book. As you would expect from the creative director of American Vogue, it is both stylish and striking, Coddington is a survivor, and this memoir is testimony to that" (Sarah Vine The Times)

"This memoir of a life in style from the 1960s until today will be equally absorbing for those who love the fashion world and those who find it impenetrably alien. Either way, as seen through Coddington's eyes, it is never less than fascinating" (Vanessa Friedman Financial Times)

"Grace Coddington is truly inspirational . Her memoir should be in every fashionista's stocking this year" (Henry Holland Evening Standard (ES Magazine))

"A must have for every woman in the industry. It's a book to read, reread and reference regularly. Grace Coddington is truly a fashion hero and should be celebrated on Christmas Day and everyday after" (Fashion Foie Gras) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


The hotly anticipated memoir of the British-born creative genius at Vogue: a dazzling and beguiling story of fifty years in fashion -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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I am finished reading the autobiography by the famous and creatively gifted Grace Coddington. So far it has been an inconsistently interesting read:
In the first half of the book Grace recalls her many love stories and although she does not directly speak of the influence they’ve had on her fashion career, it is clear that she oly dated wealthy men and those who could help her jumpstart her career in fashion. While this is nothing new in this materialistic world of ours, I did feel slightly annoyed. I suppose it is not the fashion-based content I was expecting.

However, in the second half of the book when Grace has matured in age and personality, she embarks on very interestinc creative projects and lets the reader see the inner circle of a usually closely-knit and tightly shut circle of fashion insiders. Here one can learn a lot about the important people of the fashion industry and their participation over the last decades.

Finally the book closes with a chapter on cats. Although I really do love cats, this again I find very irritating and out of place. Do I really need to know about a cat mind-reader, a sort of spiritual cat therapist who Grace calls when one of her felines is late coming back froma walk in the nearby woods? I am not sure....

Overall I can recommend this book as a good read on the way to the train and on the underground. You can read a few fragmented pages and then put it aside and not worry about how the chapters fit together - because they dont. I read it with my toddler jumping around and if it wasn't for the cat pictures (and one photo with a dog) which we had to look at every time I picked up the book, I don't think I could have read it. So I could read a page or two and then put the book down and engage in playing peek-a-boo or changing diapers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing Grace 12. Februar 2014
Von teresa
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Habe das Buch in einem Tag verschlungen. Über verschiedene Blogs bin ich auf dieses Buch gestoßen und alle anderen Bloggerinnen waren auch schon sehr begeistert. Bin zwar keine Fashion Queen, aber es hat mich einfach trotzdem gefesselt und nicht mehr aus seinem Bann gelassen. Grace erzählt uns ihr Leben von Anfang an und gewährt auch Blicke hinter die Kulissen der Vogue. Auch eine Empfehlung für nicht so modebewusste Menschen. Die Person Grace Coddington ist einfach faszinierend. Jetzt fehlt mir nur noch der Film dazu. Deshalb habe ich mir "The September Issue" auch schon bestellt. Schade, dass ich es schon ausgelesen habe. Es könnte von mir aus die doppelte Seitenanzahl haben.
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Unser Geschenk traf bei dem Empfänger voll in das Schwarze, weil die Generationen stimmen. Über den Inhalt des Buches, kann ich ich nichts sagen
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5.0 von 5 Sternen für Modefans das richtige 25. April 2013
Von Aigner
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sie erzählt ausführlich von ihrer Zeit bei der British Vogue und wie es dann nach America ging.
Es tauchen nur bekannte Personen auf.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH 14. November 2012
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I've given this review two stars (instead of the one I considered) because of the charming pen and ink drawings by Grace that populate many of the pages in this book. The narrative, however, leaves just about everything to be desired. Like so many others, my introduction to Grace was The September Issue. Without effort, simply being herself, she walked away with the film. Sadly, the same cannot be said for this book. Grace is not someone who writes and she isn't someone who reads; that's a pretty lethal combo when it comes to creating an autobiography. Even a co-writer can't create magic with an absence of material. Mostly, this is a book of lists - of models, of photographers, of shoots. But there's very little meat and almost nothing of the woman. One comes away with no real insight into Grace; she's a cipher - a recording secretary, in a way. There's just one notable bit of bitchiness when she takes a page to slam the iconic Polly Mellen in a fashion that is surprising in a book where the comments about almost everyone else are basically bland. The only time she really sparks to life is in the last bit of the book when she launches into a detailed discussion of her cats and her abiding love for felines. The rest of the time, there's plenty of words about traveling here and there, and some small insight into the difference between modeling then (in the late 50s/early 60s when she embarked upon her modeling career and much of the time it was a one-on-one situation with just a photographer and a model, possibly an assistant, too) versus the cumbersome group effort it has become today. One yearns for more in the early sections but it's just not there. Grace's reluctance to reveal herself is palpable. And she succeeds. At the end of the book we know precious little more about her than we do at the beginning. Her secrets remain intact, and what the reader gets is a scattering of drawings and some great photos to study. Grace is, by and large, AWOL.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent look at fashion today 27. Oktober 2012
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I'd recommend anyone buying "Grace", by Grace Coddington to first watch the documentary, "The September Issue". If you haven't seen it in the theater or rented it, you can view it for pay on Amazon. The movie is about the process of putting together the much storied September issue of "Vogue". It features editor Anna Wintour and is seconded by Grace Coddington - the fashion editor of the magazine.

Grace Coddington, who recently turned 70, is one of the most important people in fashion today. Beginning as a model in the swinging London of the 1960's, she moved into the production side of the industry as she aged. After stints with British "Vogue" and Calvin Klein in New York City, she went to work American "Vogue" in 1988 with Anna Wintour as editor. The two have set the pace for fashion ever since; Wintour who says "decisiveness" is her best virtue in editing the magazine and Coddington whose instinctive feel for both photography and fashion gives Wintour the pictures to be "decisive" about. In her book - sort of half memoir/half autobiography - Coddington looks at her life both in her professional and private worlds.

Coddington is fairly open - as far as I can tell - about the people she worked with in fashion. She's perhaps a little "nicer" in the book about her relationship with Wintour than she was in the documentary, but since they've worked hand-in-glove since 1988, they must get along pretty well. Coddington takes the reader behind the scenes of both the designer fashion shows reported on in "Vogue", as well as the fashion shoots she creates for the magazine. She uses both photographs and sweet pen-and-ink drawings to illustrate both her private and public lives. Since I was reading a pre-pub copy of the book due out in November, 2012, I couldn't get an exact sense of the "artiness" of the book. It SEEMED like it would be issued as a small coffee-table book with shiny paper. It'll be a beautiful book, in any case. The pictures are of her family and friends and some of the famous "shoots" she's set up for Vogue. Also interesting are the pictures of Coddington's modeling career. She's not a conventional beauty, but had one of the most unique looks in the business.

I really cannot recommend the book to general interest readers. I can, however, heartily recommend it to any reader even tangentially interested the world of fashion. Coddington has produced, with the help of writer Michael Roberts, a fascinating look at fashion today.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Only for dedicated fashion fanatics 23. Dezember 2012
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Grace's memoir is a little like movies that can't figure out what they want to be and the tone flip flops around, never sticking to one.

Coddington clearly has had an amazing life and she shows us a slice of cultural history from the inside and if you are interested in the fashion/modeling world during the early days, you will enjoy the book. However, her personal life is woven in and out of her professional life in a very uneven fashion. She glosses over the most painful parts of her life, but then delves a tiny bit deeper into other parts so you think you're going to get a juicy memoir sometimes, but you never do.

Her reporting of the early days is extensive and interesting, as we move into the current day, she gets less detailed and less interesting. We don't anything about how she really felt about almost anything. It's very detached except when she's talking about how she drew her eyeliner and her cats. In fact, her most passionate and bizarre chapter is all about her cats and to what lengths she goes to in order to take care of them. We get more info on the cats than on her infertility or feelings about it.

I did enjoy the parts about the early days of modern modeling, but overall it's just ok. I think the rating system is jacked for making three stars "it's ok" and one star "i hated it" so i'm giving it two stars because it's not that great and it left me with a little sour taste in my mouth. If she really didn't want her personal life in the book, then she should have and could have taken it out and focused on the professional side and made it a stronger book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not the Grace you see in The September Issue. (Graceless) 11. Juni 2013
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I enjoyed The September Issue and was hoping this book would be a continued exploration of Grace Coddington, a person I found creative, unpredictable, and thoroughly interesting. Unfortunately, her memoir paints her as the most vapid, shallow and uninteresting cliche to be found in the fashion industry. Nowhere are there insightful thoughts like in The September Issue (my favorite was her photographic advice to always keep your eyes open and not buried in a phone). Instead we're treated to such revelations about her true character ("I only hire beautiful assistants") and shallow narcissism, mostly about her clothes, hair and men. In one anecdote she recounts an attack on Anna Wintour by an animal activist. An interesting subject to explore, but all we get from Grace is a vague description of what went down ("Or whatever it is those anti-fur activists do...") It's a sentiment you'd expect from an out-of-touch, pampered and stupid Upper Eastside socialite, and - sadly - that's the picture Grace gives us in this book. A profound disappointment.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Is that All There Is? 16. November 2012
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Having long been aware of Grace Coddington's exemplary visual skills and freaky appearance (straight out of The Addams' Family), it defies all logic that she would produce such a bland and boring memoir. Want a tone deaf play by play of someone's life? Then this is book for you! Need a book to get you ready for bed or dental surgery? Reach for this. Also, considering Grace was a young and active player in London's happening circles during the Swinging Sixties, it's shocking she has not one fun story to share. She was a model and mixed with the famous movers and shakers of the day, but Grace wasn't like them. She hardly drank and didn't take drugs and, more importantly for the reader, Grace didn't actively engage in any of the craziness that era is known for. What a let down. Ms. Coddington might as well have been the decorative paper on the wall or a plant sitting in the corner. Yes, she drops names all over the place but nothing captivating is ever revealed about any of her interactions with these people.

Also, there's the subject of AIDS. Yes, Grace Coddington mentions it, as well as the loss fellow fashionista, Antonio Lopez (illustrator par excellence) and friend Tina Chow. Tina married the man that Grace divorced, the famous restauranteur Michael Chow. As time went by, they became friends. In paragraph after paragraph, Grace explains how charmed she was by Tina's personality and sharp fashion sense. Realizing an opportunity, Grace set up a photo shoot between Tina and Cecil Beaton for the pages of Vogue. Beaton showed up hours late, putting Grace into a snit. However, Tina's death, one of the earlier of the AIDS scourge, is explored in a mere two sentences. In one of the two, she relays being unaware that a woman could succumb to AIDS. Frankly, Ms. Coddington's emotional presence here is nil. You may chalk it all up to British reserve, but this memoir does her legacy a huge disservice because without it at least there was some mystique behind her persona.

Actually, Grace Coddington is as emotionally remote as her Ice Queen boss, Anna Wintour - all style and no substance whatsoever. Would have hoped for something more than this very flat story. I just kept flipping the pages hoping it would eventually blossom, and it didn't. The exposition goes like this: "I did this . . . ," and "I wore this . . . " or "I traveled to ____ (insert Paris, London, South Africa, etc.)" Grace gives the logistics of her many photo shoots with the names of the related photographers and models, but little else. Why did she even bother?

This "memoir" - and I hate to call it that - may be the most superficial I've ever read.
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