Anna Wintour devotes nearly her entire editor’s letter in April’s Vogue to creative director Grace Coddington who turns 70 next month. Although the film The September Issue suggested great animosity between the two fashion editors who began working at the magazine within days of one another, I guessed the “rift” was exaggerated to create cinematic tension. Wintour’s letter, which gives a glowing review of Grace’s work and character, would indicate I’m right.
“She always has a human being at the core of the photograph,” Wintour muses about Coddington’s respectful treatment toward the models she styles. Rather than objectifying, she hints at the person inside, and her scenes are filled with romance, whimsy, and innocence. Grace herself is so private that her birth date remains mysterious even in this age of instant Google access. It’s only because of Anna’s letter than we can narrow it down to the month of April. What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy enduring images from “the world’s greatest living stylist”!
Are you a fan of Grace Coddington? What do you admire about her work?