She's the full package.
When considering potential icons for our new GLAM HAM collection, Grace Coddington was one of the first names tossed into the hat. (Guess how quick it was plucked out.) From teen model it girl to septuagenarian powerhouse with hair like a waft of coppery nimbus cloud, no one else could capture the ferocious nature of fashion like her.
What we know of Coddington’s work as American Vogue’s creative director has filled issues for almost 30 years, but it wasn’t until we saw R.J. Cutler’s 2009 documentary, The September Issue, that we were introduced to her fiery personality (and often times tense, but creative collaboration with fellow Glam Ham alum, Anna Wintour).
Earlier this year, Coddington stepped down from her role at Vogue to explore other creative projects. The most recent has her partnered with Tiffany & Co. to create their first celebrity ad campaign. She’s dressing stars Lupita Nyong’o, Christy Turlington Burns, Elle Fanning and Natalie Westing in the brand’s fall line. And coming round a full and satisfying circle, Cutler actually filmed her creative process! The video, titled Some Style Is Legendary, was released Tuesday.
As Grace turns this new chapter, we can’t help but wallow in nostalgia. Her photo shoots are some of the most whimsical, romantically indulgent, fantastically brooding, and visionary works of art we’ve encountered in the fashion realm. Here’s a drop in a wishing well of our most favorite. Enjoy!
"Alice in Wonderland" Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, December 2003
"Asia Major" Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, December 2010
"Wild Irish Rose" Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, August 2013
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, September 2007
"Beauty and the Beast" Photographed by Annie Liebovitz, Vogue, April 2005
"Gangs of New York" Photographed by Mario Testino, February 2011
"Marie Antoinette" Photographed by Annie Liebovitz, Vogue, September 2006
"The Piano Lesson" Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, Vogue, 1994