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Grace Coddington steps down as Creative Director of American Vogue

Grace Coddington steps down as Creative Director of American Vogue

Grace Coddington is to step down as Creative Director of American Vogue.

The 74-year-old publishing legend has been working for the magazine since 1988, and has been behind some of its most famous shoots.

But on Wednesday (20Jan16), it was confirmed that Grace is leaving her position at the outlet and will instead be the creative director at large - enabling her to embark on several external projects as well as her duties with the magazine.

“After more than 25 years at American Vogue, Grace Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large and take on additional projects outside the magazine,” a spokesperson for American Vogue confirmed to the Business of Fashion website. “She will work on several Vogue fashion shoots throughout the year.”

Grace is one of the most iconic figures in the fashion industry, alongside American Vogue's Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, and featured heavily in the 2009 documentary The September Issue - which followed the Vogue team as they put together the 2007 September issue of the magazine.

While she is sad to leave her role as Creative Director, Grace is excited about the external projects she can now embark upon - including a fragrance with Comme des Garcons.

“I really love Vogue, it’s been in my life always, they discovered me as a model at 19,” she told BoF exclusively. “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.”

Following her departure from Vogue, Grace will be represented by agency Great Bowery, with its chief executive Matthew Moneypenny revealing they have already been flooded with offers for the red-headed legend.

"We are extremely honoured to have Grace Coddington join Great Bowery and look forward to supporting and working with one of the most original, iconic and deeply creative figures in the fashion world,” Matthew said in a statement. “I'm sure it comes as no surprise that we are already receiving very significant and interesting inquiries which we look forward to exploring.”

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