Grace Notes: Is Coddington’s $700 Coffee-Table Book Headed for Reprint?

In the aftermath of the press parade for The September Issue, during which creative director Grace Coddington emerged as the true talent behind Vogue, it is difficult not to speculate how long before she gets a book deal.

Turns out she already did a 400-page illustrated tome titled Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, published in 2002 by Edition 7L, an imprint, co-owned by Karl Lagerfeld, of the London-based publisher Steidl books, featuring photography by Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, a foreword by Mr. Lagerfeld and an introduction by Anna Wintour.

According to Nielson BookScan, 1,500 copies of the book have been sold since its publication—a lot considering there are only four new-condition copies starting at $700 on Amazon; three used copies starting at $630; and one collectible edition for $1,288.

A Steidl rep said that the book has been out of print for some time. And while there are vague plans to republish, he was not sure when.

Meanwhile, Ms. Coddington’s new fan base is eager to hear more of her story without having to spend $700. Born in Anglesey, an island off the northwest coast of Wales, she became a Vogue cover girl after winning a local modeling contest; suffered a car accident after which she received plastic surgery; and has subsequently enjoyed a 40-year career as a fashion editor, first at British and then at American Vogue.

Ms. Coddington was at a photo shoot at the press time but spoke through the magazine’s rep. “Yes, Grace would be delighted to see Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue come back in print, though updated to include stories that have come about in the meantime,” Patrick O’Connell told the Transom. “And no, she has had no offers to write a memoir, which is fine by her, because she really just wants to style beautiful pictures.” 


Grace Notes: Is Coddington’s $700 Coffee-Table Book Headed for Reprint?