Being Grace Coddington’s assistant is a fashion dream job. Seriously, who wouldn’t kill for that gig?
Well, it just so happens that Coddington was one of the featured speakers at this past weekend’s Teen Vogue Fashion University and she told us exactly what she looks for in assistant. Hint: A college degree is not required but being a cat person is.
“[My assistant] needs to have a sense of humor, and is someone who is not going to pack up and go home early in the evening,” she said. “I never ask them if they have a degree or whatever. That’s probably a bad thing, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I like to just sit down and have a conversation with them and see how they react.”
And you don’t need to be wearing Balenciaga Spring 2013 Look 12 to impress Coddington. “It’s not really how they dress,” she continued. “They don’t have to wear Prada or something like that. It’s how they put it together, because I’m going be asking them for help.”
But Coddington is still counting on your being young and hip and all that. “I’m getting old,” she said, “so I like to hear what young people love and if I’m doing it right. I really want advice from them. I look at all that.”
The final requirement? “The most important final question I ask them is ‘Do you like cats?’ because if they don’t they’re not in my life.” These are the important things. Coddington’s love for cats is well documented, as is ours. We understand.
So does Coddington’s real life assistant Stella Greenspan. We were sitting just a few feet away from Greenspan, who had a perma-smile on her face the entire time. That is, until Coddington accused her of hiding a few letters.
“I get tons of letters from people,” Coddington said. “I don’t know if they necessarily want to be my assistant. Hopefully they don’t because my poor assistant, every time she opens up something that says ‘I’d like to be your assistant’ she tries to keep it from me. Then when I see it, I say ‘Now let me see this,’ and I send it up to HR.”
She also gets lots of crazy cat fan mail (we swear we haven’t contributed… yet). “I probably have every cat book, every cat picture, every cat postcard, every cat titbit,” she said. “Some people sent me knitted coats for cats, hats for cats. Kitty Couture. There was a girl who worked at Martin Margiela that sent me a specially made hat for my cat called Pumpkin. It was really good but Pumpkin doesn’t like wearing it, that’s the problem.”
Grace, if we were your cat, we would totally wear custom Margiela headwear. Just sayin’.