Vogue has broken the news that Grace Coddington, who has been creative director of American Vogue for 25-plus years, is stepping away from her full-time role.
A spokesperson for Vogue confirmed the announcement to BoF. “After more than 25 years at American Vogue, Grace Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large and take on additional projects outside the magazine. She will work on several Vogue fashion shoots throughout the year.”
She is still contracted to produce at least four editorial spreads a year for Vogue, and as yet there are no plans to fill the role of creative director.
Since joining the magazine in 1988, this is the first time that Coddington will have the opportunity to pursue external projects, which already include a forthcoming collaboration with Comme des Garçons. The 74-year-old will be represented by the Great Bowery, which also represents Bruce Weber and Hedi Slimane.
“I really love Vogue, it’s been in my life always, they discovered me as a model at 19,” Coddington tells BoF. “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. It’s just another approach. I’m certainly not going into retirement. I don’t want to sit around.”
I don’t know how anyone could fill her shoes. I’m so sad to see her go! She was the creative force behind making fashion the now and always making Vogue the authority on what’s new in fashion. I will miss that Coddington feel to a photo shoot.