Tuesday, November 6, 2012

style star: Grace Coddington

Grace Coddington is ICDC's definition of true style. 

If any of you are devoted fans of Vogue, then you know exactly who Grace is.  If not, you may recognize her as a quirky and quite hilarious character in the documentary "The September Issue."

Model turned master fashion stylist, Grace has always created her own look based on her own ideas.  She is, in a word, original.

There was no such thing as a "stylist" when Coddington began her career in fashion.  As she describes in her forthcoming memoir, models carried their own wigs, makeup, and jewelry, transforming themselves to suit the job - lugging around huge bags all on their own.

Known lovingly as the "Cod," Grace was one of the most-photographed faces of the sixties Swinging London. She modeled mini skirts for Mary Quant and cutting-edge hairstyles for Vidal Sassoon, who gave her a radical geometric bob that catapulted them both to fame.

Always a stand-out, Grace seemed to have a talent for creating interesting make-up styles and accenting her looks to be intriguing.  In one anecdote, she claims to be the originator of the "Twiggy" face before Twiggy was a recognized name - the larger-than-life eyes with excessive mascara and pointed corners we recognize instantly today.

All that creativity had to go somewhere once she grew out of the modeling phase, and Grace turned her styling talent into a career as a fashion editor. At British Vogue, she created fantasy scenes in faraway places that became her signature. 

Going to great lengths to achieve the perfect shot, Grace was known to climb a Grecian column to set off smoke bombs at the feet of her model and tipped vats of blue dye into the ocean to achieve the perfect shade of paradise.  “I have a sequence, a kind of story, in mind,” she said.

Since 1988, she has been American Vogue’s creative editor, encouraging the team to push beyond the frame of film.

Vogue has a sneak peak at her soon-to-be-released memoir (out November 20th, just in time to grab a copy before Thanksgiving!)

It's an entertaining read, which at times had me rolling with laughter.  You'd have to have a sense of humor to stick around this lady for the past few decades:

images from vogue.com and ICDC files.

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