Grace Coddington – What you need to know.

Grace Coddington, creative director of US Vogue magazine, announced last week that her memoir ‘Grace’ ( published in 2012) is to be made into a film. So what do you need to know about this model turned fashion publication superstar? We’ve done our research and below are the some things you may or may not know about Grace Coddington.

  1. Born in Wales, she started her fashion career as a model at the age of 18 by enrolling in Cheryl Marshall’s Modeling School in London.
Photo: As shown on Image Amplified

Photo: As shown on Image Amplified

2. After a few years of success in the modeling world, Coddington was in a car crash, in which her boyfriend at the time drove recklessly through a red light. She lost an eyelid. It took two years of reconstructive surgery before she was able to continue her career.

3.  She won a Vogue modelling contest in 1959, despite being told she was too fat by modeling agent Eileen Ford.

4.  In 1968, Coddington branched out beyond modelling into the world of fashion publication and joined British Vogue as a junior fashion editor.

5. In 1969, she was captured powdering Prince Charles’ nose when he was titled ‘Prince of Wales’.

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Photo: Norman Parkinson

6. In her late 20s, some Chelsea fans overturned her Mini. She was 7 months pregnant at the time and miscarried. This is mentioned in her memoir.

7. She became a household name during the documentary titled ‘The September Issue’, in which her work at Vogue and her relationship with Anna Wintor is shown.

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Photo: Eugene Gologursky/

8. According to Fashionista, she gets her signature red hair, which has been a key part of her look from when she started as a model, dyed every 3 weeks at Louis Licari’s  salon in NYC.

9. Coddington adores cats. So much so, that she has illustrated a book about them, which was published by Karl Lagerfield. There is also a chapter in her memoir dedicated to them.

10. Coddington is now 74. She lives in New York with her partner and French hair stylist Didier Malige.

Photo: Vogue (FirstVIEW)

Photo: Vogue (FirstVIEW)

Information sourced from, The Guardian and Fashionista

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