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  • Posted November 29, 2012

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    Grace, A Memoir

    While Anna Wintour is featured on the dvd cover of "The September Issue," the behind-the-scenes documentary of Vogue Magazine's annual fahion bible, Grace Coddington emerged as the star, in part because she so clearly didn't care to be involved. Her indifference to the fame game that has taken over the fashion industry makes her seem incredibly genuine and down to earth which comes through in her memoir, Grace. While there are no major bombshells (unless you count a make out session with Mick Jagger), Coddington tells the story of her life from a quiet upbringing on a remote island off the coast of Wales to her days in London during the "swinging 60's" and the career switch from modeling to being a fashion editor. Sometimes her matter-of-fact tone is startling as in the telling of her miscarriage, the last time she was ever able to get pregnant. She offers a fascinating glimpse at how modeling has changed over the years, including her opinion of some of the top girls. Her chapter on Anna Wintour and their artistic differences is also interesting. Throughout the book are charming sketches, and photos of Grace's career, both as a model and an editor, appear in the back of the book.

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