A Few Magical Grace Coddington Editorials

A Few Magical Grace Coddington Editorials

Lately, I've been reflecting more than usual on the role of fashion in my life. Post-election, I've noticed that when the news seems bleaker than I'm prepared to handle, I migrate from current events to the style section for a breath of mental fresh air. That's nothing new- I've always turned to fashion for an escape. But what is it about fashion that makes it such an escape? And furthermore, are we escaping from real life or escaping towards fashion? If the news were rosy and we all just got along, would fashion escapism be as salient? 

My initial thoughts on this are that fashion is a place we escape to, not because we're hiding from the problems of real life, but because there is pleasure and joy in celebrating beauty. And those pleasures and joys, and our interest in them, should not be minimized. If fashion is art, which I think it is, then like any good album or moving painting, a beautiful fashion spread has emotional appeal- it makes us feel something.

Grace Coddington, longtime editor at American Vogue, is one of the creatives in fashion who consistently nails fashion's transformative appeal. Here are a few of her most magical editorials.

Photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 2007.

Photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 2007.

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US, March 2015. 

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US, March 2015. 

“Garden of Delights” photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue US, December 2006.

“Garden of Delights” photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue US, December 2006.

Photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue UK, 2005.  

Photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue UK, 2005.  

Jessica Chastain photographed by Annie Leibowitz recreating the Portrait of Ria Munk by Gustav Klimt for Vogue US, November 2013. 

Jessica Chastain photographed by Annie Leibowitz recreating the Portrait of Ria Munk by Gustav Klimt for Vogue US, November 2013. 

Feature image: "A Feast For the Eyes," Photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue US, 1996. 

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