Take A Peek Inside Grace Coddington: The American Vogue Years

The fashion world gasped in unison when Grace Coddington announced in January that she was stepping down from her integral role at Vogue after 28 years. Since taking up the position of creative director at the style bible in July 1988, Welsh-born Coddington has created some of the most iconic fashion shoots from the past four decades, collaborating with the industry's biggest names.

Following the success of 2015's Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, Phaidon will publish Grace: The American Vogue Years this fall. The book, which hits shelves on September 5, is a visual celebration of some of Coddington's most memorable shoots. The eagerly awaited tome features nearly 300 images, shot by 17 of the leading fashion photographers Coddington has worked with since 2002, including illustrious industry names like Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, David Sims, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Craig McDean, and Steven Klein, plus newer talents like Jamie Hawkesworth and Karim Sadli.

The beautiful book begins with a foreword by Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan and an introduction by Annie Leibovitz. Michael Roberts, former fashion editor atVanity Fair and The New Yorker, co-art directed the book with Coddington, designed the cover, and contributed an essay. Alongside the spectacular images, Coddington provides personal stories behind the sumptuous shoots and shares anecdotes about working with the world’s biggest photographers, models, artists, actors, and celebrities.

Coddington is one of fashion's most beloved visionaries thanks to her vivid imagination and unwavering commitment to creating beautiful imagery, as we saw on in 2009's The September Issue. The remarkable 75-year-old is also adored for her own simple, chic personal style and fiery mass of hair. Oh, and for her cat obsession. Coddington's decision to scale back her Vogue role — she now serves as creative director at large — has given her time to look back at her favorite work at the title, which comes together in this new book, and to focus on personal projects, including the launch of her first fragrance in collaboration with Comme des Garçons.

Ahead, take a look at some of our favorite images from the upcoming book.

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Photo: Courtesy of Condé Nast Publications.
Here's the cover of Grace: The American Vogue Years, which will be published by Phaidon on September 5.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tim Walker/Condé Nast Publications (pages 330-1).
In 2012, the Ritz Paris shut its famous doors for years of renovation. But just before the luxury hotel closed for business, Vogue captured Kate Moss donning the latest couture collections in the landmark's opulent surroundings.

Here, Moss lounges in the palatial setting wearing Alexander McQueen and a headpiece by Julien d’Ys, shot by Tim Walker.
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Photo: Courtesy of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott/Condé Nast Publications (pages 246-7).
Kendall Jenner starred in a fashion story entitled "Wonder.land," shot by Mert and Marcus for the December 2015 issue of Vogue, which celebrated the season's most fantastical looks. Here, Kendall (as Alice) wears head-to-toe Louis Vuitton as she dukes it out with the White Rabbit.
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Photo: Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh/Condé Nast Publications (pages 112-3).
For the June 2013 issue of American Vogue, Coddington, photographer Peter Lindbergh, and Brit model Edie Campbell headed to Morocco. In this epic shot, Campbell wears Saint Laurent in the middle of the desert.
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Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Elgort/Condé Nast Publications (pages 194-5).
In this November 2003 shoot, entitled "American Splendor," models Karen Elson (decked out in Dolce & Gabbana) and Elise Crombez embody Fitzgeraldian 1920s glamour, shot by Arthur Elgort on Long Island.

This particular image was accompanied by a quote from Tender Is the Night: "[She] who had magic in her pink palms and her cheeks lit to a lovely flame, like the thrilling flush of children after their cold baths in the evening."
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Photo: Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh/Condé Nast Publications (pages 94-5).
For this story in the July 2010 issue of Vogue, model Natalia Vodianova and actor Ewan McGregor portray a 1950s married couple dealing with relationship troubles behind the scenes. The cinematic shoot was captured by Peter Lindbergh and gave a first look at the fall 2010 collections. Here, Vodianova wears a Marc Jacobs gown, and McGregor sports Dior Homme.
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Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Elgort/Condé Nast Publications (pages 212-3).
Keira Knightley made her debut in American Vogue in 2003, and subsequently landed her first cover for the December 2005 issue. Since then, she's covered the magazine four additional times, but one of our favorite shoots of Knightley's is this one from June 2007, in which the Brit actress embarks on a Kenyan adventure, befriending a Louis Vuitton-bedecked elephant.
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Photo: Courtesy of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott/Condé Nast Publications (pages 234-5).
"Into The Woods," a 14-page Little Red Riding Hood-inspired story shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, ran in the glossy's September 2009 issue. Natalia Vodianova takes the lead in an array of scarlet gowns from Chanel, Moschino, and Prada. Here, she wears Ann Demeulemeester, and the wolf wears Tom Ford.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tim Walker/Condé Nast Publications (pages 336-7).
This shoot by Tim Walker for Vogue's May 2014 issue was inspired by a 1948 photograph by Cecil Beaton of models wearing satin dresses by Charles James. The story was timed to a retrospective exhibition on the designer at the Met's Costume Institute (which was also the theme of that year's Met Ball).

Models Grace Mahary, Maja Salamon, Ola Rudnicka, Codie Young, Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds, Nastya Sten, Sasha Luss, Alexandra Kivimaki, Alice Cornish, and Fei Fei Sun all wear paper dresses and jewelry by Rhea Thierstein.
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