This means it’s really happening and also further discredits a recent Page Six article that reported Anna Wintour was the one shopping around a memoir. It said Coddington had “pushed the project aside” once Jay Fielden, with whom she was originally writing the book, was appointed as editor-in-chief at Town & Country. Instead, the book will apparently be co-written by current Vogue writer Michael Roberts.
News that Coddington was writing a memoir was originally reported last August in WWD, to whom she confirmed the project and told, “I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.” This will be the second book Coddington has put together, the first being 2002′s coffee table book “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue,” which Fielden helped with.
We’re super excited for this. The only somewhat sad thing about it is that the publishing of a memoir more often than not signifies the culmination of a career. She joined Vogue almost exactly 23 years ago and had a thriving career as a model and then British Vogue editor before that. Having turned 70 this year, we wouldn’t be surprised if she has retirement on her radar. It’s nice that we’ll have this memoir as a way to look back on her fascinating life (and that she’ll have this nice little six-figure retirement cushion).