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by Grace Coddington

Beautiful and determined. Charming and direct. Grace Coddington's exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to her job as Vogue's creative director have made her a global legend. Grace may have remained fashion's best-kept secret for most of her career if it hadn't been for The September Issue, the renowned 2009 documentary that transformed the publicity-averse Grace into a reluctant superstar. Grace's obvious enthusiasm for her profession provided a rare glimpse into the dedication that goes into many of the magazine's most famous photographs.

Grace now artistically takes the reader through the legendary tale of her life thus far, using the funny, frank style that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years. Grace discusses her early career as a model, working with world-class photographers like David Bailey and Norman Parkinson before moving behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s, evoking the days when models had to carry their own luggage and props to shoots. She began her imaginary "travelogues" here, which would become her hallmark. She joined American Vogue in 1988, and her stunningly beautiful and inventive fashion stories, some of which are included in this book, quickly became immediate classics.

Grace will expose readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her characteristic photographs, which will be beautifully complemented by Grace's pen-and-ink illustrations. Grace opens up about her personal life, including the automobile accident that nearly ended her modelling career, her two marriages, her sister Rosemary's sudden death, her relationship with Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year affair with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace discusses her long-standing friendship with Anna Wintour, as well as the developing skill with which she has come to define fashion's pinnacle.

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I loved all the boys with soft sad eyes, and lost souls.

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I loved all the boys with soft sad eyes, and lost souls.

— Grace Coddington, Grace