Grace Coddington: A fabulous fashion film star

03 July 2009

Grace Coddington

You may have heard of Grace Coddington before, you probably know that she's the Creative Director of American Vogue, but what you might not know is that between now until September and beyond, she is going to be the most talked about person in fashion (and film). Why? Because of the release of The September Issue, the docu-film which follows the team at American Vogue as they produce their biggest ever fashion issue. It's amazing, but the most amazing thing about it is Grace - the film's shining star! We are lucky enough to have seen the film and we would happily watch the Grace and Anna (Wintour obv) show all day long. After working together for 20 years, the two women know each other so well that they know how to rub each other up the wrong way, but also know each others strengths. Everyone who has seen The September Issue agrees that Grace is the best ‘character', so here's a little round up of what you need to know about the most creative lady in fashion...

She's Welsh
Raised in Anglesey, but left for London when she was 18

She was a model
After winning a modelling competition she worked alongside Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton in the ‘60s, before becoming a junior fashion editor.

She's obsessed with cats
Her house and office at Vogue are full of cat trinkets and, of course four real ones. Her and her partner, Didier Malige, published a book, Catwalk Cats, which through photographs (his) and drawings (hers), recorded their hilarious and bonkers life through the eyes of their cats.

She finds celebrities annoying
‘I'd be happy if I never saw another celebrity as long as I live,' she reveals in the film. Earlier claiming that, as she's so shy, they scare the pants off her.

Is ruthless with fashion
She mainly wears black and white, but if something hasn't been worn for six months, she discards it.

Anna says...
‘She's the jewel in our crown'

Buy Grazia on Tuesday 7th July for a full review of The September Issue.


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