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Grace: A Memoir | [Grace Coddington]

Grace: A Memoir

Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2014

Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.

With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than 40 years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy "travelogues" that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.

Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor - the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her 30-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.

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©2012 Grace Coddington (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"If Wintour is the Pope...Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel 12 times a year." (Time)

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    Mary augusta, GA, United States 02-13-13
    Mary augusta, GA, United States 02-13-13

    Thank God for a mother who read to me all the time. If it were not for her I would not leave the house without an iPod.

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    "Grace a Memoir"

    If you enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada you will like Grace. Her road to the fashion industry and Anna Wintour is interesting and personal. She is funny, insightful and tells her story with both humor and honesty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHristine United States 01-30-13
    CHristine United States 01-30-13
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    "Le Sigh....a life of fashion editorials!!"
    Would you listen to Grace: A Memoir again? Why?

    Absolutely, she is so charming and her stories are crazy!


    What about Grace Coddington’s performance did you like?

    I love her delicate English accent!


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    Mel Maldonado 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A creative director tells her story"
    Would you listen to Grace: A Memoir again? Why?

    I've already have listened to this 3 times! Grace has some funny, poignant, and entertaining behind the scenes stories. She also explains the inspiration regarding some of the incredible photographs she's worked on. Not only has she had the chance to work with some of the greatest photographers as a model, Grace has also worked with some of top designers, models, artists, and editors.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Grace gives an unapologetic, frank, and honest depiction of how the fashion world actually operates. She explains the changing of the fashion industry through the years. I also appreciated her coming to the defense of Anna Wintour, despite their often contentious relationship.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Possibly the dinner scene with Anna Wintour and the animal rights activist.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Always keep your eyes open.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed this or would like to see of those iconic images (as well as the other Vogue editors mentioned in the book) I would suggest watching the HBO documentary, In Vogue: The Editor's Eye.

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    DigiGirl212 New York, NY United States 03-29-15
    DigiGirl212 New York, NY United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    It was beyond expectations. I really enjoyed her fairytale like life story. Having Grace read the book made it that much better.

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    Cedric 03-23-15
    Cedric 03-23-15
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    "Amazing read.."

    So very much in love with her. Now I have to find something else to take my time lol #happy

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    Shaun 03-11-15
    Shaun 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Grace the great!"

    Beautiful perspective of an industry so often fluffed by shallow tales. Grace is so humble and humbling to hear. Now if only I can figure out how to view the PDF...

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    Nadia 07-02-14
    Nadia 07-02-14
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    "I wanted it to never end!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, because its a great story and grace tells it well! Grace has great anecdotes about all the greats in the fashion business from the 1950's and onward...


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    johanna 05-16-14
    johanna 05-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An inspiring and heartfelt memoir"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend. Because it shows an historical perspective and true love of the fashion world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The subject of course! Grace Coddington herself.


    Have you listened to any of Grace Coddington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love story of a passion for fashion


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this over and over and I continue to find it rich,soothing and inspiring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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