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.