Grace Coddington's long and legendary career at Vogue began in her teenage years, when she won a modeling competition for the British edition. After a disfiguring car accident, she became an editor at the magazine, where she remained for nearly 20 years. In July 1988, she and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour began work at the U.S. edition on the same day. Unlike her boss, who has become almost as famous as the women who appear on Vogue's covers, the flame-haired Coddington has remained behind the scenes, styling and art directing the majority of the magazine's iconic fashion spreads. But she gained public attention and adoration after the release of The September Issue, a 2009 documentary that detailed the production of Vogue's September 2007 issue and revealed Coddington's brilliant artistic vision and willingness to stand up to Wintour.
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