Grace, now 71, started her career in fashion by being scouted as a model by Vogue magazine in her teens.
After a car accident that left her face damaged and unable to continue modeling, she became a junior editor and photo editor at British Vogue for 19 years. In 1988, Ana Wintour, American Vogue’s Editor in Chef contacted her, and brought her on as creative director where she continues to work.
Grace is a huge part of Vogue. She has the last say in styling, and the overall look of editorials and fashion spreads. An inside look at her job can be seen in the 2009 documentary The September Issue, directed by R.J. Cutler which followed Grace and Ana Wintour as they produced the highly important September issue of Vogue in 2007, the issue of the year where all the fall-fashion is displayed, and considered the most important month of the year for fashion magazines.
Grace has been outspoken about her irritation with the new ‘digital age’, and chooses not to use a computer. [x] And that is fortunate for her, because according to the comments on this interview, people don’t understand or respect her even though she is nearly the driving force behind the modern aesthetic of Vogue.
In this very interview, Grace expresses her perspective on bloggers who she feels spend too much time focusing on their own looks instead of paying attention to the fashion in front of them at shows.
“If Wintour is the Pope . . . , Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year,” [x]
lol @ people on the internet who think they “know fashion”