Grace Coddington has stepped down from her role as Creative Director of US Vogue with immediate effect. The ex-model is said to be planning a number of new ventures, including a collaborative fragrance with Comme des Garçons.
Coddington will now assume the role of Creative Director at Large at Vogue and is expected to produce a minimum of four editorials for the magazine each year. This marks the first time since joining the Condé Nast title in 1988 that Coddington will be available to work elsewhere.
The Comme des Garçons fragance is her first confirmed project. Coddington told Business of Fashion: “This is something I’m really excited about. I’ve always been a big fan of Comme des Garçons. I never take the commercial approach, and the process of it is fascinating to me. I don’t know how to produce a perfume.”
Agency Great Bowery is representing Coddington, and says it aims to help her branch out of styling into new creative fields. It says it has already had many enquiries about other potential future projects.
Before working at US Vogue Coddington spent 20 years at British Vogue. She moved to the US and spent two years at Calvin Klein before joining Editor Anna Wintour at the fashion magazine. She starred alongside Wintour in the documentary The September Issue, winning widespread acclaim for her creative vision.