‘Each ready-to-wear season, I usually fill one sketchbook per city – Paris, Milan, New York – plus one for each season’s couture, resort and cruise. So that makes twelve sketchbooks a year, and they can all get pretty full. My system at the shows is to draw, sketch, put down everything – every single outfit – and worry later whether I liked it or not. Occasionally, I will put a star next to a favourite. Because I don’t write about fashion, I don’t take notes. I find it faster and easier to draw a dolman sleeve, for example, than to describe it. It was simpler in the old days, when there weren’t so many collections and most people showed a maximum of thirty outfits.’

Grace Coddington

Grace, A Memoir by Grace Coddington and Michael Roberts. Chatto & Windus, 2012.


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