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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Grace Coddington Narrator: Grace Coddington Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9780449808078
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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 have become instant classics.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Coddington’s work as an editor does not outglam her youthful adventure stories. But it’s at the heart of this book, and she presents it with both passion and whimsy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Coddington…has a winning voice and admirable common sense…Who wouldn’t want to spend a few hours in her company anyway?”

    New York Observer

  • “If you have a stylista (or stylisto) on your list, buy this book.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Worth a read for the name-dropping alone.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2014 Audie Award for Best Narration by the Author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Sheehan | 2/11/2014

    " Liked this book a lot. I rewatched The September Issue and appreciated Grace so much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/5/2014

    " I just adored this book. The writing is so simple in the most relatable way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Favorito | 2/3/2014

    " Great, fun trip down memory lane with likely the most down-to-earth star in the fashion world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Utley | 2/1/2014

    " So disappointed in this book, was dying to read after seeing September Issue. Started out charmingly and then devolved into a laundry list of designers, photo shoots, and husbands. Gave up 2/3 of the way through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/21/2013

    " Not particularly eloquently written (she's only read about 2 books in her life), but an extremely interesting life and story nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Dwyer | 12/9/2013

    " Really fantastic autobio. I was enthralled from go to woe. Sharply written and well edited. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhea | 12/5/2013

    " Sweet and entertaining. Grace has had such a big life, and she writes about it with very little airs. If you are interested in fashion, you'll like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LotToRead | 11/23/2013

    " Interesting book. Wish more details in stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Ashmore | 11/18/2013

    " Too many names not enough detail. In the end of the book when she writes from the heart it is much more compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Podruchny | 11/15/2013

    " She had a great editor. This book is very readable, humorous and paced well. Wonderful photos and illustrations. Alas, I am biaised, I love anything about fashion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 11/14/2013

    " Grace is a character worth reading about - tall Welsh model/fashion editor who has been working with Anna Wintour at Vogue for years. It is interesting reading for those who care about the rarified world of fasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Weinberg | 10/28/2013

    " If you love fashion, this is a wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kiki | 10/27/2013

    " I loved this! She is fun, acerbic, kind, gracious, pragmatice, clear, focused, candid and loyal. The pencil drawings are a special touch. The photos are great. She is someone worth getting to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/28/2013

    " very anecdotal -- but the anecdotes are interesting. And the sketches and photos are wonderful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 5/3/2013

    " She has a cat psychic. 'Nuf said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this because I saw the September issue and Grace was the best part of it. Not deep or introspective or great literature but I enjoyed it and all it's name dropping and the chapter on cats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh Mellish | 3/13/2013

    " Amazing photos and illustrations throughout - content a little self indulgent but fabulous none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 3/6/2013

    " How can anyone not like Zoolander? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Dakota | 3/5/2013

    " If you have worked or loved fashion this is a must read. It is written in Grace's very English tone like excerpts from a diary. Her drawings are fantastic. It is almost a Thank you for an incredible life. Enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.O. Clark | 1/30/2013

    " Wow....even if you are not fashion obsessed, this memoir is very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Wagner | 12/1/2012

    " J'adore this book! I loved how she didn't try and analyze her life she just told us the amazing stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sylvia | 11/5/2012

    " A fun romp through the '60s, 70s until the present. Great distraction from our serious world. I liked her sketches! "

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