After over 25 years at the (creative) helm of American Vogue, Grace Coddington has resigned - and the world has gone into overdrive with the news. Made famous beyond fashion circles by much-loved Vogue doco The September Issue, Coddington has become one of few creative directors to attract as much - if not more - attention and admiration as their editor.
The irreverent redhead's contribution to American Vogue cannot be overstated, but the title will retain its Grace Coddington gloss, with news Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large. "She will work on several Vogue fashion shoots throughout the year," an American Vogue spokesperson told Business of Fashion, who broke the news of Coddington's resignation late last night. Coddington's new contract stipulates she will create at least four editorial spreads a year and will retain an office at Vogue HQ.
So, why make the move at all? Key to Coddington's new contract is permission to work on her own projects, including commercial ventures - something Anna Wintour would never allow. She already has a fragrance collaboration locked in with Comme des Garçons and an animated film based on her beloved 'Catwalk Cats' illustration series is said to be in the works. "I really love Vogue, it's been in my life always, they discovered me as a model at 19," Coddington told Business of Fashion. "I'm not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors. But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out [and] give talks to people...I'm certainly not going into retirement. I don't want to sit around."
No chance of that - the legendary stylist has already signed with agency Great Bowery to help manage her freelance work and this year will publish a follow up to her memoir which will document her best work from the past 15 years.