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Grace Coddington, the legendary creative director of Vogue, is stepping down

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Grace Coddington, one of the more iconic figures behind American Vogue, is leaving her post as creative director of the magazine. The 74-year-old has occupied the position since 1988, and will now serve in a reduced capacity as “creative director at large,” working on several stories per year. The magazine has not announced any plans to replace Coddington, but her departure marks a significant shift in Vogue’s editorial direction. The world’s most celebrated fashion glossy has not seen any real movement in its upper ranks for some time, with a select few having held the top positions for several decades.

The British-born Coddington worked as the Photo Editor of British Vogue for 19 years before moving to the American chapter of the magazine. Long a powerful figure in the fashion world, Coddington became something of a celebrity after The September Issue, a 2009 documentary about the inner workings of Vogue, showcased her close, but often-tense relationship with editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

 (Greg Kessler/The New York Times)

(Greg Kessler/The New York Times)

During her tenure at Vogue, Coddington was not permitted to work on external projects. She told Business of Fashion, which first reported the news of Coddington’s departure, that she now plans to expand her horizons. “I’m not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors,” Coddington said. “But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out [and] give talks to people. It’s just another approach. I’m certainly not going into retirement. I don’t want to sit around.”

Read more at the New York Times.

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