Though Grace Coddington is more of a behind-the-scenes person--her job requires it and she describes herself as shy and reserved (in high school Coddington's parents arranged for her to eat at a quiet cafe so she "didn't have to talk to anyone")--when The September Issue made her a star and forced her to open up while doing press for the doc, she figured "maybe I had a bigger story to share."
And we're so glad she did because Coddington's life story is not only funny and poignant, blunt and inspiring, but it's also an insider's history of the fashion industry and how it's changed from the 1950s to today. Starting her career as a model in the '50s and becoming an editor at British Vogue in the '60s before moving on to American Vogue in the '80s--Coddington has truly seen it all.
Here's what we learned, in Coddington's own words.
Vogue's creative director and fashion industry icon Grace Coddington is writing a book about her life, reports WWD. Former Men's Vogue editor-in-chief Jay Fielding, who has collaborated with Coddington in the past, is her writing partner.
Coddington's mainstream notoriety has skyrocketed since The September Issue, which means the project is sure to be a hit with fashion insiders and fashion admirers alike. The stylist says that the book will not only cover her life--including her years as a model and time spent at Calvin Klein and British Vogue--but also plenty of fashion history.