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2,0 su 5 stelleOnly for dedicated fashion fanatics
DaAmazon Customeril 23 dicembre 2012 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Grace's memoir is a little like movies that can't figure out what they want to be and the tone flip flops around, never sticking to one.
Coddington clearly has had an amazing life and she shows us a slice of cultural history from the inside and if you are interested in the fashion/modeling world during the early days, you will enjoy the book. However, her personal life is woven in and out of her professional life in a very uneven fashion. She glosses over the most painful parts of her life, but then delves a tiny bit deeper into other parts so you think you're going to get a juicy memoir sometimes, but you never do.
Her reporting of the early days is extensive and interesting, as we move into the current day, she gets less detailed and less interesting. We don't anything about how she really felt about almost anything. It's very detached except when she's talking about how she drew her eyeliner and her cats. In fact, her most passionate and bizarre chapter is all about her cats and to what lengths she goes to in order to take care of them. We get more info on the cats than on her infertility or feelings about it.
I did enjoy the parts about the early days of modern modeling, but overall it's just ok. I think the rating system is jacked for making three stars "it's ok" and one star "i hated it" so i'm giving it two stars because it's not that great and it left me with a little sour taste in my mouth. If she really didn't want her personal life in the book, then she should have and could have taken it out and focused on the professional side and made it a stronger book.
DaJ Travisil 6 settembre 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Lovely read... an amazing life... one might say allot of name dropping, but hey, she worked hard and got to meet amazing prople and go to amazing places.... and at a time when life had allot more class, style and mystery then it does now........ amazing Grace, you were blessed... the best to you...
DaKindle Customeril 20 marzo 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Grace Coddington is Anna Wintour 's right hand woman. She has managed to garner great press while Her Anna-ness is portrayed as the Editor from Hell. In this memoir it is clear why the two women can and have worked so well together for so many years. They have a symbiosis that has helped elevate the public's interest in all things FASHION. Both have managed to navigate the avenues of female personalities to achieve success. I don't think there could be an Anna without a Grace. Coddington started out as a model and quickly became a darling of the 60's Mod scene. She appears to have controlled her ego and vanity in order to make a successful transition to Creative Director. It is a particular trait of some successful people that you feel you know them (or would like to know them) even though it would never happen. Grace Coddington is one of those people. You applaud her achievements, feel sad for her troubles and end up liking the whole person. A great book for anyone but particularly for women.
DaMark Kil 16 marzo 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
It is a substantial history and bibliography of fashion photography as well as an inspiring example of someone who is passionate about their work and creativity. Half way through, I started Google imaging all the names that were mentioned to reference the photographer, designer, editor or hairstylist to see and understand their work and contribution which added greatly to the experience, then immediately started re-reading it from the beginning to continue looking at the rest of the references. Then there are all the charming drawings, selected works, photos and an edited insider's view of the business - making for several days of creative entertainment, humor and wonder.
4,0 su 5 stelleFantastic read, but perhaps not so much if you aren't obsessed with fashion
DaEmily Roseil 21 marzo 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
I absolutely adore this book and would recommend it to anyone with a deep and abiding love for fashion. I would say the average person on the street probably would find this book a bit dull because of various names of models, famous photographers, designers etc. that are only familiar if you know about brands other than Coach and Dooney and Bourke ;). I loved that Grace seemed very modest and I related to her affinity for cats but I think what really stood out was her narration of live in Wales and her early beginnings as a model. She seemed almost approachable and even painted a fair portrait of her boss, Anna Wintour.
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