Even a loyal Vogue magazine reader might not be familiar with the name Grace Coddington — unless you always read who the editor for each spread in Vogue is or you saw “The September Issue.” Grace not only is the Creative Director at Vogue, but she has been in the fashion industry in some way or another for more than fifty years, and shares many of her experiences and behind-the-scene stories in her autobiography Grace A Memoir.
Grace has led quite a life, and she had many stories to tell, but whether it was her shyness coming through in her writing, or an English-style reserve, I found a lot of the book frustrating. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but some of Grace’s stories left me with more questions, or wondering why she put the story in if she wasn’t really going to elaborate. Grace isn’t really a writer, but she is an amazing artist – both in creating beautiful fashion spreads, and in her drawings. She fills the book with her original drawings and photos from her modeling days and her shoots – and those alone were worth it to continue on through the book.
While it wasn’t a favorite of mine, I did learn a lot about Grace, fashion and fashion photography over the last 50 years.
*I won this book from LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers program.*