Grace Coddington Steps Down As American Vogue's Creative Director

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After almost three decades as creative director of American Vogue, Grace Coddington is stepping down, per a Business of Fashion report. The 74-year-old one-time model will be recast as creative director at-large as she pursues a number of side projects.

Coddington worked at the British version of the magazine in the 1970s and 1980s before a move to New York, initially to work for Calvin Klein, brought her back in touch with Anna Wintour, with whom she had worked in Britain and who was now the American Vogue’s editor-in-chief. In 1988, Coddington was brought on as creative director, and she became a public star after the release of the 2009 documentary film The September Issue, which detailed the creation of Vogue’s 840-page behemoth.

Coddington’s departure from the magazine is far from complete; per the report, she’ll still be producing four editorial spreads per year and will retain an office at Vogue headquarters. But the move will allow her to take up other ventures for the first time. Already in the works: a fragrance with Comme de Garcons.

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