Grace Coddington steps down as
Creative Director of American Vogue

Published on 20 January 2016

 

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After a tenure of nearly 30 years, Grace Coddington is is leaving her role at American Vogue. The 74 year old former model and well respected stylist will become Creative Director at Large, with a responsibility to deliver four editorial spreads a year, but the change will leave her free to work on external projects.Speaking to the Business of Fashion in an exclusive interview, Coddington says, "I really love Vogue, it's been in my life always, they discovered me as a model at 19." 

"I'm not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors," she explains, "But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out [and] give talks to people. It's just another approach. I'm certainly not going into retirement.".

Coddington has signed with super agency Great Bowery, which, in its umbrella of companies, also represents photographers Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller, as well as fashion polymath Hedi Slimane. "I suddenly realised that I needed some help from outside," Coddington explains to BoF.
"I didn't want to be pigeonholed into just styling a shoot, I wanted to do something beyond. I approached them and they were willing to help me on all sorts of aspects. They're thinking up ideas for me, which is fun."
One of her upcoming projects includes a fragrance collaboration with Comme des Garçons, which we obviously cannot wait for.