I’m going to be working when I’m 74 because I haven’t got a proper pension plan, Grace Coddington on the other hand is doing it because she wants to explore new opportunities. Coddington announced this week that she’s stepping down from day-to-day life at American Vogue to become creative-director-at-large, but as the 74-year-old told Business of Fashion she’s not retiring just yet:
“I’m not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors. I would never want to give it up. 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.”
With another book in the pipeline, as well as a biopic, a perfume with Comme des Garçons and four fashion shoots per year for American Vogue to produce, Coddington continues to exert her creative influence and show us how to go gracefully from one way of working to another.
There’s a feature on Grace Coddington and ‘fashion’s shifting tectonic plates’ by Vanessa Friedman in the New York Times HERE.