Saturday, February 9, 2013

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington


When I first heard about Grace Coddington's Memoir aptly titled Grace, I knew I was willing to wade through Hell and high water to get my hands on it, even if I had to have it sent by my mother from the US for exorbitant shipping costs. Luckily, my husband is a good listener and he harassed the poor sales assistants at Waterstones with regular visits and phone calls until they provided him with a spotless copy to give me for Christmas.

I have to say, the first time I saw The September Issue, I was puzzled by Grace Coddington... To say I didn't 'get' her is an understatement, but the more I watched the famed documentary over the past couple of years, the more I came to admire her. The attention to detail in her work is amazing. Her work speaks for itself and the result is the product of someone who brings all the right ingredients together to create something magical. The opportunity to read her story and get a glimpse into how her mind works wasn't one I was willing to let pass me by.

It's hard to believe that the woman we all know now as the Creative Director of American Vogue was once a freckled little girl growing up in a very small town on the coast of Wales. She was not worldly or iconic back then but geographically isolated and taking pleasures in the little things like sailing and looking at beautiful photos in her sister's magazines. Who knew that the little girl who made her own clothes would grow up to be a force that would have a heavy hand in how we all think about fashion?

The way Grace Coddington writes is charming and endearing. She's rather candid about how she feels about certain things, relationships both good and bad, love, loss, her obsession for cats and her lifelong career in fashion. Grace's sense of humor is infectious and her many comical sketches throughout the book made me laugh out loud. While reading this book I kept thinking how remarkable this woman is, not just because of her accomplishments or her laundry list of celebrity friends, but because of how she sees the world, regardless of how it sees her.

Filled with photos of Grace's life as well as a selection of her work, Grace: A Memoir is a must-read! Whether fashion is your thing or not, I doubt you've never picked up a copy of Vogue or wondered what it's like to be a model, have your hair cut by Vidal Sassoon or how photographers work and behave in extreme settings. It's a quick and easy read, filled with visuals as one might expect from such a creative talent and it's inspiring to say the least. I will definitely be holding on to my copy as I suspect Grace is a book I will read time and time again.
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