I was particularly thrilled to dig up this 1984 Vogue in my attic rummaging. It’s the mastheads I always turn to first, hunting for names I know, to see where fashion’s greats started their careers. This was an excellent masthead for poring over: the legendary Bea Miller at top, Grace as Fashion Editor, Alex Shulman’s mother Drusila Beyfus as Associate/Features Editor, the inspirational Deborah Hutton as Health Editor, who passed away from lung cancer a few years back, my Twitter friend Josa Keyes as Copy Assistant, my aunt’s great friend Mandy Clapperton in Fashion Promotions. (who owns some of the most snuggly long-haired dachshunds I’ve ever seen), Arabella Boxer as food editor – whose cookbooks I grew up with.
And then there are eye openers like Lucinda Chambers down there in the beauty department as a beauty/fashion features writer
The fashion is fascinating. There’s this (definitely dated) studio shoot by Albert Watson. The stylists aren’t credited, but Chloe & I thought maybe Liz Tilberis?
And this extraordinary, timeless portfolio by Bruce Weber. (No dogs or bare-chested muscular youth in sight). I’m going to take a punt and say this looks like Grace? Anybody?
It was looking at stories like this when I was really very little that instilled in me my love of fashion. No one tells a story like Grace Coddington.