Anna Wintour the editor of American Vogue and the most powerful woman in fashion once stated 'to be in Vogue has to mean something'. A statement that for over 28 years has applied to Grace Coddington the creative director of Vogue.
Coddington was born in a small town in Wales, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Her only connection to the fashion world was Vogue, a magazine she would eagerly await for every month. At the age of 17 she won a modelling contest and began her career as a model, where she frequently appeared in the magazine she had looked up to since she was a young child. However at the age of 26 she was in a car accident, which left her with physical facial injuries, which would end her short 9 year career as a model.
Her love for the world of fashion lead her to British Vogue where she became a junior editor. After 19 years she relocated to New York and became creative director of American Vogue.
Despite Coddington's somewhat tense relationship with Anna Wintour, an aspect which is highlighted in the 2009 film 'The September Issue', she has become Wintours most trusted fashion companion.
Being a reader of Vogue from a young age Grace Coddington recognises the need for the magazine to transport the reader into a different world. Her work shows supreme beauty as well as constantly telling a story. Whilst Anna Wintour is ultimately the face of Vogue, Grace Coddington is undeniably the genius behind the etherial content.
Grace Coddington's work:
Like any powerful fashion icon such as Karl Lagerfeld , the creative designer at Chanel who typically wears his black leather fingerless gloves and dark sunglasses and Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue famous for her perfect hair and dark Chanel sunglasses, she has created a look that people can recognise instantly.
From her fiery red hair and pale white skin, she stands in stark contrast to the severity that Anna Wintour evokes.
Coddington's exit from Vogue has come at a time in which the fashion world has become unstable and when many creative minds are realising the need to explore more than just the world of fashion. Whilst many say that the world of fashion has evolved with the time, this is simply untrue. Whilst ideas and the way that one classes fashion has undeniably changed, the 'business' side of fashion has very much stayed the same.
This is not the first time we have seen a high placed member of Vogue leave. In 2011 Carine Roitfeld left French Vogue describing it as a 'golden cage'. She stated that working for Vogue was a beautiful life but she wanted a change.
Roitfeld went on to create her immensely successful magazine -CR- the fashion book and has been supported by people such as Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford.
Issue 1 - CR Fashion Book
The question that remains is who will replace Grace Coddington and how will Vogue fair without one of its greatest minds?