Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour’s right-hand woman and the feisty, redheaded star of The September Issue, is finally writing her own story. In Grace: A Memoir, to be released November 20, Vogue’s veteran Creative Director recounts her ascent to the top of the fashion ranks, from taking evening classes at a modeling school in London to brainstorming legendary magazine spreads.
Vogue released an excerpt from the tome, which includes fun factoids from the editor’s past (models back then had to do their own hair and makeup!) as well as steamy details (she had an affair with a “tall and very good-looking” London painter named Tinker Patterson). In the brief sneak peek, we also discover Grace’s first rendezvous with Vogue: She entered a modeling competition ran by the British edition in 1959. The experience launched her into modeling, which she did for years until she was left scarred from a car accident, propelling her to consider the behind-the-scenes side of fashion. Each sentence in Grace is revealing and relatable, with hilarious insight and fascinating details about the industry she lived for since she left Wales to model at age 18.
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