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Grace Coddington Scales Back 'Vogue' Role

The magazine's creative director will take on an "at-large" title and embark on commercial projects, including a fragrance with Comme des Garçons.
Grace Coddington at the Met Gala in 2015. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Grace Coddington at the Met Gala in 2015. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

After almost 28 years at Vogue, the magazine's legendary Creative Director and Chief Stylist Grace Coddington is stepping down from her title to take on outside projects, including commercial work. A representative for Vogue confirmed she will assume the role of creative director at large. A source noted that Coddington will continue to style at least four editorials per year, keep an office at the magazine's headquarters, attend shows and remain on the masthead. 

According to Business of Fashion, Coddington is already planning to develop a fragrance with Comme des Garçons. "But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out [and] give talks to people," she told the publication in an interview. "It's just another approach. I'm certainly not going into retirement. I don't want to sit around." Coddington also said Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is supportive of the change. 

Since Coddington, now 74, broke out from behind the editorial scenes in the 2009 documentary, "The September Issue," she has become a more public face of Vogue: she published a memoir entitled "Grace" in 2012 which will become a movie, rereleased the 2002 retrospective coffee-table book "Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue" last year and plans to publish a follow-up tome in 2016. Coddington is also beloved by fans for her love of cats and quirky yet delicate cartoons — which she published in the 2006 book "Catwalk Cats" and which got her temporarily kicked off Instagram when she joined for the first time in 2014. 

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But according to Business of Fashion, Coddington is looking forward to a range of projects beyond styling and publishing. "I didn't want to be pigeonholed into just styling a shoot; I wanted to do something beyond," she said. Coddington will be represented in her new endeavors by the Great Bowery agency.