Grace Coddington: The woman who made fashion art
“After more than 25 years at American Vogue, Grace Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large and take on additional projects outside the magazine,” a spokesperson for American Vogue confirmed to BoF. “She will work on several Vogue fashion shoots throughout the year.”
"If Anna Wintour is the Pope," wrote Time Magazine, gushingly, "Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel 12 times a year."
Coddington, 74, will be represented by Great Bowery, a super-agency founded in 2015 by Matthew Moneypenny. Creative Director at American Vogue for nearly 30 years. Top model in the 60's. Around the age of 17, there was a Vogue model competition, and someone submitted her pictures. She ended up winning the Young Model section. She then began her modeling career for Vogue. At the age of 26, she was in car accident that left her with head injuries and a removed eyelid, which was later reconstructed through plastic surgery.
Before joining British Vogue at age 28, and then U.S. Vogue at age 47, Ms Coddington was a Vogue cover girl and successful model. '
Now, after more than 25 years at the magazine, she will be scaling back her role, a spokesperson for VOGUE confirmed to the website Business of Fashion.
Coddington however shows no signs of slowing down. Business of Fashion reports that she says she is thrilled to pursue other projects like a fragrance with Comme des Garçons.
"I'm not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors. But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out and give talks to people. It's just another approach," she told the website. "I'm certainly not going into retirement. I don't want to sit around."