“But however well equipped you might be, as with most situations in life, friends with influence are much more useful than face powder and rouge.” Such reads a short quip from American VOGUE‘s creative director, Grace Coddington. Although this quote seems to credit connections, we’re sure that Coddington is more than deserving of a nod in her own rise to fashion fame. She’s the woman who turned a teenage dream of stardom at London’s Cherry Marshall modeling school into a lifelong career that led her in front of the camera and behind some of the biggest names in the industry. Grace: A Memoir tracks Coddington’s ascent from winning a VOGUE modeling competition, to her “successful” $3 per day shoot rate and even breaking off an engagement with her first love.
Coddington has played quite the background role since shedding model from her title in the 1960s, but the British redhead made her debut to the dot com/social media generation in 2009′s documentary “The September Issue.” Appearing alongside Anna Wintour, the film chronicled the production of VOGUE‘s most highly-anticipated issue of the year and played up Coddington’s yin to Wintour’s yang. Now, the fashion and pop culture icon is giving us a closer look at her five-decade career and a peek into her elusive world. But you’ll have to wait. The book, published by Random House, will hit shelves November 20th (but you can still pre-order now). Still, you can get an instant fashion fix by reading an exclusive excerpt from the memoir on VOGUE.com. This teaser into Coddington’s past is just the beginning!