Grace Coddington Returns to Modeling

Decades after Grace Coddington gave up her career as a model and took up residence as Vogue's creative director, Anna Wintour's right-hand lady is back in front of the camera.
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Decades after Grace Coddington gave up her career as a model and took up residence as Vogue's creative director, Anna Wintour's right-hand lady is back in front of the camera.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz for M&S

Photo: Annie Leibovitz for M&S

Decades after Grace Coddington gave up her career as a model and took up residence as Vogue's creative director, Anna Wintour's right-hand lady is back in front of the camera.

Coddington appears in the fall ads for UK department store Marks & Spencer--and she's certainly in good company. Alongside Ellie Goulding, Karen Elson, and several more of "Britain's Leading Ladies" (as the campaign is being billed, according to Grazia), the ginger minx--looking elegant in a cream coat, white shirt, and navy suit--was photographed by none other than Annie Leibovitz in several stunning yet stereotypical Brit locales, including the River Thames and a lush English countryside. And, being shot by Leibovitz, the stunning campaign images wouldn't look a touch out of place hanging in the Smithsonian.

"We wanted this campaign to signal a new and confident tone of voice to introduce Autumn," Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, the M&S Executive Director Marketing and Business Development told Grazia. We'd say they're on the right track--when it comes to total confidence in the fashion industry, Grace Coddington's one of the first names that springs to mind.

Click through for more of the campaign. Photos: Annie Leibovitz for Marks & Spencer