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Last August, everyone’s favorite flame-haired creative director Grace Coddington announced that she was working on a memoir, much to the excitement of established and aspiring fashionistas everywhere. At the time, Coddington revealed she was getting some industry help on the tome from former Men’s Vogue editor Jay Fielden who has since become the editor in chief of Town & Country — a good thing, if not for the impact that role has on Coddington’s book.
Admit it — you didn’t know who Grace Coddington was until you saw The September Issue. But that’s OK. Since the movie came out she’s been making up for decades of denying that she’s a celebrity and doing things like an interesting profile in Intelligent Life, a supplement to The Economist.
As you know, Lady Gaga snagged the cover of Vogue‘s March issue. Though the accompanying profile of the icon is rather fascinating, we think the behind-the-scenes video of the Annie Leibovitz-lensed, Grace Coddington-directed photo shoot is just as revealing.
Spoofs of Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington are a dime a dozen — perhaps because everyone in the fashion industry either wants to be the top dogs at Vogue or simply dislikes them intensely — so it’s pretty outstanding to see one that isn’t just like the rest. Enter the genius mind of Brett Lloyd, who shot a few dudes posing as the two queens regnant of American fashion for Candy magazine.
Lots of people are obsessed with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, and Piers Morgan (the Brit who’s taking over for Larry King at CNN next month) is one of them. Problem is, even though Morgan was profiled in Vogue this year and his show has been promoted to death and back, Coddington has no clue who he is.
There are no shortage of actors and actresses who got their start — or at the very least, paid the bills — as models because obviously the two professions share a love for photogeneity and symmetrical features, but what about other now famous people? Despite modeling’s frivolous reputation, it turns out that more than a few titans of industry, politics, and media once posed for the camera — including the late President Gerald Ford.
We may have an unhealthy obsession with Anna Wintour, but we’re okay with that. No matter how much we read about her (or how many times we watch The Devil Wears Prada The September Issue) the all-powerful Vogue editor still fascinates us. So in the spirit of all things Anna, we bring to you this weekend’s Anna Wintour gossip roundup.
This week sure was something! Threats of trademark lawsuits for Madonna and Beyonce, exclusive photos of Bill and Hillary Clinton dancing, and a Summer’s Eve ad that will leave you speechless. All that (and a chance to win $485 worth of Guerlain beauty products) after the jump.
On Sunday, WWD confirmed what we’ve been wanting ever since we saw The September Issue and fell in love with Vogue’s flame-haired creative director: Grace Coddington is writing a memoir.
Among other fascinating tidbits learned about Grace Coddington in R.J. Cutler’s The September Issue, we were thrilled to catch a glimpse of the great flame-haired editor’s modeling days. After winning a Vogue modeling contest at 17, her career took off, landing her two consecutive British Vogue covers in 1962.
Vogue creative director Grace Coddington shared some refreshingly candid and perfectly bitchy thoughts on bloggers at Thursday night’s National Magazine Awards. And while we’d love to get all up in arms over the fact that Coddington does not like People Who Write About Fashion On The Internet, we can’t. Here’s why.
The September Issue, released in theaters this past weekend, follows Anna Wintour and her Vogue flock through nine months worth of planning, shooting, and laying out for Vogue’s 2007 September issue — fashion’s annual bible. 2007′s issue marked the publication’s largest issue in history, a stark contrast from this year’s September issue, which now sits on newsstands looking as skinny as its creators. But what appeared on the surface to be a movie about the world of high fashion quickly developed into much more.