After more than 25 years as the creative director of American Vogue, Grace Coddington, who commanded the spotlight in the 2009 documentary The September Issue, has announced that she would step down from her functions and take on a more global role at Condé Nast.
"Grace Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large and take on additional projects outside the magazine,” a spokesperson for Vogue confirmed to Business of Fashion. “She will work on several Vogue fashion shoots throughout the year.”
A replacement for Coddington has yet to be announced, but the red-maned stylist is not completely out: She will produced at least four editorial spreads a year for US Vogue, and will keep an office at the Condé Nast headquarters, at One World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan.
“I really love Vogue, it’s been in my life always, they discovered me as a model at 19,” Coddington told BoF in an exclusive interview. “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.”
Coddington, 74, will now be represented by Great Bowery, a creative agency founded in 2015 by Matthew Moneypenny, the founder of the image-licensing company Trunk Archive, which represents Bruce Weber and Annie Leibovitz.