STATES OF GRACE: Vogue creative director Grace Coddington is set to debut “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue” under publisher Phaidon. If that title sounds familiar, it’s because it is. The 408-page tome is a reprint of Coddington’s 2002 book, which carries the same name.
But Phaidon’s reprint of “Grace” will be the first of two books by Coddington; the second will be released in fall 2016 and will include her newer works for Vogue from 2002 to the present.
The earlier version was published by Karl Lagerfeld’s 7L bookshop, printed through Steidl in Germany. What’s new in the Phaidon edition is a letter written and illustrated by Coddington, depicting caricatures of photographers she’s worked with over the years whose work appears in the pages of the fashion book. Also in the letter, she addresses her reasons for reissuing the book — chief among them — is to reach new admirers.
The book showcases some of the more memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, and features a foreword by Coddington’s boss Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, as well as Lagerfeld.
“This first book, in its gentle manner, will always remind me of the joy my work can bring me, each page connecting moments, friends, places and fashion in a way that illustrates my real love for what I do,” Coddington said.
Inside, Coddington describes her creative collaborations with 30 photographers, including David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Guy Bourdin, Arthur Elgort, Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn, Lord Snowdon, Mario Testino and Bruce Weber. Fashion-world personalities featured in the book include Sixties ‘It’ girl Penelope Tree, Seventies model and actress Jerry Hall and Nineties supermodels Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington Burns and Naomi Campbell.
Coddington provides behind-the-scenes commentary from edgier shoots, which include her fantasy- and fairy tale-inspired work with Weber to shoots from inside the Soviet Union and Communist China.