EGL acknowledges a woman of beauty, vision, dedication and Grace! Grace Coddington has decided to rest her crown and has stepped down from her position as creative director of American Vogue. Throughout over the 50 years of being committed to the fashion world, she has done a commendable job as a former model, fashion editor, an admirable stylist and a woman who has brought life to so many fashion shoots. Grace goes beyond showcasing style; she magnifies the art within fashion. It is no hidden fact that Grace is blessed with a mind that flows with unique and bold ideas. We see what she envisions as we flip through the pages in our fashion bible, Vogue.

 

ALICE in Wonderland inspired, Vogue December 2003 Photo credit: Jackie Gloves Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: http://jackiegloves.com/en/2012/11/22/grace-coddington-creative-director-american-vogue/
ALICE in Wonderland inspired, Vogue December 2003
Photo credit: Jackie Gloves
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: http://jackiegloves.com/en/2012/11/22/grace-coddington-creative-director-american-vogue/

One of EGL’s favorites is the shot inspired by Alice in Wonderland, where the gorgeous blue dress and the trendy ankle strapped heel is obviously the big picture.

 

Hat of Nature, British Vogue 1984 Photo credit: Nibs Blog Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: https://nibsblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/gracecoddingtonstylingcoathat03-opt.jpg
Hat of Nature, British Vogue 1984
Photo credit: Nibs Blog
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: https://nibsblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/gracecoddingtonstylingcoathat03-opt.jpg

Grace demonstrated her gift alongside photographer, Bruce Weber, in 1984 for British Vogue. This shot showed the beauty of nature as well as putting a keen focus on fashion. A variety of faded leaves were used to bring immediate attention to the hat and her choice in color of the pea coat was very subtle but elegant.

 

Kate Moss X Sean Puffy Combs, Vogue 1999 Photo credit: Hintoffabulosity.com Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: https://hintoffabulousity.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/fashion-moment-monday-puff-daddy-x-kate-moss-paris-france-circa-1999/
Kate Moss X Sean Puffy Combs, Vogue 1999
Photo credit: Hintoffabulosity.com
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: https://hintoffabulousity.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/fashion-moment-monday-puff-daddy-x-kate-moss-paris-france-circa-1999/

Inspired by Norman Parkinson’s photography, Grace also balances a combination of modern and romantic imagery. In 1999, Grace worked with the beautiful Kate Moss and Hip-Hop’s own Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in the land of romance, Paris. Grace was able to capture their impeccable style and deep attraction. We loved the designer brands Grace styled the pair in for the shoot. She used the likes of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. Kate’s fur was everything and she looked stunning wearing it! To this day, this is a very well-known and often talked about shoot. Once again Grace delivered and we commend her for doing such a bomb job.

 

Stella Tennant Jumps into Pool, Vogue October 1995 Photo credit: Retrieved: January 27, 2016 Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: http://www.vogue.com/869905/photographer-arthur-elgort-to-be-given-the-cfda-board-of-directors-award/
Stella Tennant Jumps into Pool, Vogue October 1995
Photo credit: Retrieved: January 27, 2016
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: http://www.vogue.com/869905/photographer-arthur-elgort-to-be-given-the-cfda-board-of-directors-award/

When it comes to creating an illustration and bring it to life, there are very few people that can do it and do it well. Grace was one of those people. We can’t imagine how she was able to coming up with the ideas captured throughout the years of American Vogue. Another favorite of ours is her work with photographer Arthur Elgort and model Stella Tennant. Stella was captured diving head first into a pool wearing a stylish two-piece skirt suit with rain boots. There were no limits within Grace’s craft and we have been able to to witness her fun and creative ideas shine through the pages of Vogue magazine for many years.

 

Color Block Shoot, Vogue September 2007 Photo credit: Rutti Blogpost Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: http://rutti-tutti-frutti.blogspot.com/2011/06/grace-coddington-september-issue.html
Color Block Shoot, Vogue September 2007
Photo credit: Rutti Blogpost
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: http://rutti-tutti-frutti.blogspot.com/2011/06/grace-coddington-september-issue.html

 

Cruella de Vil inspired: Naomi Campbell, Vogue 1990 Photo credit: Dailymail.com Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3351255/Iconic-Vogue-shoots-starring-Naomi-Campbell-Gisele-B-ndchen-feature-chic-coffee-table-book-celebrating-work-Grace-Coddington.html
Cruella de Vil inspired: Naomi Campbell, Vogue 1990
Photo credit: Dailymail.com
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3351255/Iconic-Vogue-shoots-starring-Naomi-Campbell-Gisele-B-ndchen-feature-chic-coffee-table-book-celebrating-work-Grace-Coddington.html

 

Frida Gustavsson X Caroline Trentini X Karlie Kloss X Jourdan Dunn, Vogue September 2011 Photo credit: Fashion Art Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: http://isfashionart.blogspot.com/2012/03/eternal-optimism-for-vogue-by-craig.html
Frida Gustavsson X Caroline Trentini X Karlie Kloss X Jourdan Dunn, Vogue September 2011
Photo credit: Fashion Art
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: http://isfashionart.blogspot.com/2012/03/eternal-optimism-for-vogue-by-craig.html

 

“KIMYE” Vogue 2014 Photo credit: Whowhatwear.com Retrieved: January 27, 2016 URL: http://www.whowhatwear.com/grace-coddington-vogue-kim-karadshian-kanye-west
“KIMYE” Vogue 2014
Photo credit: Whowhatwear.com
Retrieved: January 27, 2016
URL: http://www.whowhatwear.com/grace-coddington-vogue-kim-karadshian-kanye-west

We can go on and on about the incomparable work done by Grace Coddington because she has never failed us. Not only do we recognize her for her fashion sense and gift in producing flawless photography, but for how fearless she was. In 2014, she worked with infamous couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Grace wanted to share to the world the newly-weds genuine love for one another. So she did just that on the front page of American Vogue. Despite knowing that this would stir up much controversy, she never held back from sharing what some people may call her “wild idea” and her support for biracial love.

 

EGL applauds Grace Coddington for the time she served as the creative director for Vogue, her fierce strive, her creativity, her influential styling and for the many years she has put into her passion of creating Fashion Art. Job well done!

 

Tell us which Grace Coddington illustration is your favorite in the comments below.

 

Written by: Nishoba Snow

 

 

 

 

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