No matter what cultural faction you represent — whether you're part of the fashion illuminati, a smarty-pants documentary connoisseur, or an obsessive Third Man fanatic — you're no doubt peeing yourself over this announcement: Grace Coddington, celebrated Vogue creative director, former model, yin to Anna Wintour's yang and The September Issue scene-stealer, is coming to Nashville's Frist Center to have a public conversation with international supermodel and Third Man icon Karen Elson. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, the two gorgeous powerhouses will meet on the Frist auditorium's stage to discuss Coddington's new book Grace: A Memoir, which is due out Nov. 22 from Random House.
Tickets are $50, and they went on sale this morning through nowplayingnashville.com. My advice? Buy a ticket now — an event this cool is likely to sell out quickly. Your ticket purchase will also include a copy of Grace: A Memoir, which will be distributed on the day of the event.
Bios of Coddington and Elson from the event's press release, as well as a clip of Grace from The September Issue, are below.
With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she
stepped behind the camera to become fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appears in this book, have become instant classics.
Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom she has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor—the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.
Karen is highly regarded in the fashion industry, where her 15-year career is still going strong. Aside from modeling, she is a founding member of the New York City-based “political cabaret” group The Citizens Band and an established singer-songwriter. She released her first solo record The Ghost Who Walks in 2010 to critical acclaim, and is currently at work on the follow-up. Karen’s songs have been featured on many compilations, TV shows and films.
She has two children, Scarlett and Henry, and lives in Nashville, where she juggles the demands of her career along with the many joys of motherhood.