Memoirs of an Editor

by cecylia on January 14, 2013

US Vogue 2005, Annie Leibovitz, styled by Grace Coddington

Vogue March 2012

Craig McDean, styled by Grace Coddington

Steven-Meisel, styled by GraceCoddington, September 2011 US Vogue
Steven Klein, styled by Grace Coddington, Vogue US September 2003

US Vogue September 2004, Steven Klein, styled by Grace Coddington

Grace Coddington, Harper's Bazaar, April 1964 Photo Ternce Donovan

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Absolutely thrilled to borrow this book from Delia of What Should I Wear (thank you so much!). I seem to be on an editor roll, have so much to read, to learn and to apply from fashion’s greatest. Before I get started on Grace’s Memoir, I’m already asking questions: How does she do it? I’m fascinated by people who can create. What joy it must be to realise your vision, to transform an idea, a scene, a theme into a 3D art form! As you can imagine, veterinary training was very different to the skills required of a stylist. There’s more  experimenting, imagination invovled and less animal excrement. I’d love to know if Grace started off with flatlays, did she try the outfits on herself, or do all the clothes just ‘speak’ to her? How does one create such beauty, movement and life with stills? How does she balance fantasy and realism so perfectly? How does she style the clothing so beautifully and yet more importantly, capture the lifestyle? Guess there’s only one way to find out! I’ll tell you after I have devoured this tangerine hardback.

Do you have a favourite editor? Is there one that influences your style in particular?

好兴奋能从Delia(What Should I Wear)那里借来这本美国Vogue 编辑的传记。Grace Coddington 原是六十年代英国的名模,但经历车祸以后,她为美国Vogue 创作的世尚相片使她成为世界一流的时装编辑。前星期我刚看了Diana Vreeland的传记,这些编辑好让我受到振奋和启发啊!我对能创作的人很感兴趣。能将头脑里的梦想成为活生生的相片一定是那么的乐趣。你能想像,读兽医和造型师的训练非常不一样。我还没打开看这本书, 以经有 许多问题在我脑海里等待着答案:除了卖力,她怎么变得那么优秀,杰出?她是不是像Diana Vreeland先自己穿上衣服再想像那幅画面?如何让平面的照片获得如此的生命,魅力和动作?她又是怎样在同时展示幻想和现实?最重要的是她怎样显示相片里美丽的生活方式?希望等我读完这本书后我能回答这些问题。你是否有你最喜欢的时尚编辑?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Mica January 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

I’m curious about the process too, seems a very creative field and the results like you shared are beautiful!

Hope you enjoy reading the book :)


Luciana January 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Ooooh! I cannot wait to read this book! I think I might pick it up this week.
Grace is such an inspiring and wonderfully creative person :)
Do let us know what it’s like.
xo Luciana


Susan January 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

I am always in awe of Grace and her achievement s, I’m quite sure that through all of her years of styling it has been practice and building on her creative talent that has brought her where she is today. Do what you love, do it consistently and you will find you become a master of your craft.

P.s can I borrow the book after you? ;-)


cecylia January 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

sounds like great advice! Consistency is the jey I think :) ah I have so much to learn! I borrowed the book from a friend :D


Diana Marks January 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

Amazing photos and I am very intrigued by the book!

Have a fabulous week!

LA By Diana Live Magazine


kat January 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

i actually just started reading her memoir last week! :D i really love all her stories and experiences!! so interesting :D


cecylia January 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Aww we are all reading about her :D Can’t wait to start!


Melolimparfaite January 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Peet January 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

She’s really something special, her work is exquisite. In September Issue you can see that she’s also a very cool and down to earth person, I just love her… And I love her hair too.:)


cecylia January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

indeed, she herself is exquisite too- so down to eareth but so talented it hurts to look at her photos! Ah yes that famed red do :)


Bhushavali - Indian Fashion n Travel Blogger! January 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Love her styling!!! The peacock looks colorful! Love the pics!!!
Do stop over my blog too sometime dear!


cecylia January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Thank you! The peacock and I are going to have lots of fun together- she’ll be my accessories holder soon :D


Emma Regulski January 16, 2013 at 6:53 am

These pictures are amazing, I love them. I didn’t know about this editor before, must go and have a look! Thanks for sharing!

Em x


cecylia January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

really? She’s as famous as Anna Wintour :D you have to check her out!


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