- Date of Birth:
- April 20, 1941
Grace Coddington (born in Anglesey, United Kingdom on April 20, 1941) is a former model and the creative director of American Vogue magazine. Grace became interested in fashion from a young age when, in her teens, she would anxiously await the arrival of each issue of Vogue magazine. At 17 years old, Grace finally entered the world of fashion through a modeling competition that she ended up winning. Someone else had submitted her photos for the Vogue contest, and soon after she began modeling for the publication. At the age of 26 however, she was in car accident that left her with head injuries and a removed eyelid, which was later reconstructed through plastic surgery. Two years after her accident she was interviewed by British Vogue’s Editor, Beatrix Miller, and was employed as a Junior Editor at the publication. After 19 years with British Vogue, she moved to New York to work for Calvin Klein. Joining Anna Wintour in 1988, Grace became the creative director at American Vogue. However in January 2016, she announced that she will be leaving Vogue in order to pursue other projects.
Best Known For:
Grace Coddington is best known for being the creative director of American Vogue and for her prominent role in The September Issue, a documentary about the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue.
Grace Coddington married Michael Chow in 1968 but divorced only a year later. She then married Willie Christie but they too ended up divorcing in 1980. She raised her nephew Tristan since the age of 8, after the death of her sister Rosemary. She now lives in New York with her partner, hair stylist Didier Malige.