18
Mar
11

Some Fascinating Weekend Reading….

…if you’re interested in the history of fashion. Below you can link to articles on two women who have seen it all happen in the world of fashion, from at least the 60’s onward. It truly boggles the mind to even try to contemplate the things they’ve witnessed and the experiences they’ve had.

The first article is entitled “Grace Coddington, Creative Indeed” and is in the current issue of Intelligent Life Magazine. Ms. Coddington, who turns 70 this year, is the creative director of American Vogue and became much more publicly recognizable and universally adored after the release of the film “September Issue” in 2009 (which was a mesmerizing “backstage” glimpse of the twists and turns and ups and downs that take place before the huge September issue of Vogue (which showcases all the fall fashions, for any non-fashion-obsessed individuals who for some reason might be reading this post) is released to the public. The article tells us a bit about Ms. Coddington’s start in the industry as a model as well as about her trajectory to her current incredibly influential position; it also gives you just a taste of what a personality she is. So take a look here: http://moreintelligentlife.com/node/3414, and if you like what you see and for some reason haven’t seen it already, see “September Issue”. Just way too much fun, and I LOVE that 1) she apparently doesn’t wear any make-up whatsoever, and 2) she wears her hair curly/frizzy, i.e. au natural.

The second article is Interview Magazine’s interview with Polly Mellen, by Balenciaga designer, Nicholas Ghesquiere: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/polly-mellen/. Ms. Mellen, also a complete and total character, as I initially discovered while watching the terrific documentary on Isaac Mizrahi, “Unzipped”, started in the fashion magazine business as a fashion editor at the now defunct Mademoiselle, then moved on to work under Diana Vreeland at Harper’s Bazaar, and then followed her to Vogue where she remained for more than three decades. Her last position was at Allure which retired from in 2001; she is now 86 and apparently remains sharp as a whip. Her recollections of working with photographer Richard Avedon on various famous celebrity photo shoots are alone well worth taking a look at.

So enjoy, and if you like what you see, comment away and subscribe! Have a lovely weekend – Nicole

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1 Response to “Some Fascinating Weekend Reading….”


  1. 1 cheryl clark
    March 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Nicole,

    You are such a fashionista !!!!! Have a great weekend.

    XX,
    cheryl


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