End of an era: Grace Coddington steps down from Vogue← Back
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Grace Coddington is stepping down from her role as Creative Director at fashion publication American Vogue. The news – which comes as a surprise - was revealed on Business of Fashion this morning.
Known for her vivid red hair, Coddington started out as a model in the sixties, before going on to make a name of herself as a fashion editor and stylist. This new title change marks a important step in her career, but also in the history of the magazine since Coddington has worked for American Vogue for almost three decades. In that time Grace Coddington has had a close working relationship with Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast.
Coddington will continue to work for Vogue, under the title of Creative Director at large – according to BoF, she will still have an office at the Vogue HQ and will continue to produce shoots for the magazine. However, this new title will allow her to work on other projects, independently from the magazine.
In an exclusive interview with Business of Fashion, Coddington said: “I’m not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors. But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out (and) give talks to people. It’s just another approach. I’m certainly not going into retirement. I don’t want to sit around.”
As she turns her attention to other projects, the 74 year old will be represented by Great Bowery, an umbrella of some of the main agencies in the luxury and fashion industries. And she’s certainly not starting out small: Coddington is to collaborate with fashion label Comme des Garçons on a fragrance as one of her first projects. Considering her prolific career to date, you can be sure that this will be the first of many exciting endeavors for Grace Coddington.