2. Grace Coddington

Narrator of Style

It's a busy day on the 12th floor of the Conde Nast building in Times Square in New York City, where Vogue creative director Grace Coddington is preparing a four-day fashion shoot in Paris. But Coddington seems unruffled. After all, she's been at this for three decades: 15 years as the creative director of Vogue, and 19 before that at its British counterpart.

At 62, Coddington is easily the world's most influential fashion editor, famous for transforming photographic spreads into narratives, a signature she pioneered in the 1970s at British Vogue. Although other magazines have since adopted this style, she pulls...

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