Grace Coddington debuting Vidal Sassoon's 5-point cut' in 1963
Long before she was the creative director at Vogue, Grace Coddington was a successful and stylish teenage model in '60s London. At 18, she left her home in Anglesey, Wales, for London, where she won a modeling contest. When she was 26, a car accident ended her career in front of the lens -- instead of letting this stop her, she instead took an active role behind the lens, coordinating photo shoots for British Vogue and working with such people as Cecil Beaton, Arthur Elgort and David Bailey.
Now 70, she has been working in fashion for over 30 years and is one of the most inspirational and influential people in the industry today. She's credited with transforming photo spreads into narratives. Explains Coddington:
"I like fairy tales, and I like dreaming. I try to weave the reality into the dream," she says. "When readers pick up Vogue, I want them to smile. Everything should be a little tongue in cheek, a little dare-to-go-there." (Source)
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