December 2, 2012 – 2:00 pm

Grace: A Memoir—Grace Coddington in Conversation with Karen Elson -- SOLD OUT


In conjunction with Random House, the Frist Art Museum presents Grace: A Memoir—Grace Coddington in Conversation with Karen Elson.

Contemporary fashion icon, Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington and international supermodel Karen Elson will meet on the stage of  the Frist Art Museum December 2, at 2:00 p.m. for a conversation between friends. Coddington’s career, which spans almost five decades, is the subject of her new book. Grace: A Memoir, published by Random House Nov. 22, 2012. 

Tickets to the event are $50.00 and include a copy of Grace: A Memoir. CLICK HERE TO ORDER TICKETS. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Ticket receipts are to be presented at event registration, and copies of Grace: A Memoir will be distributed upon registration the day of the event. Seating is first come, first served.

“We are honored to welcome two of fashion’s most admired, respected and celebrated personalities to Nashville and to the Frist Art Museum to mark the publication of Grace Coddington’s new book,” said Susan Edwards, Frist Art Museum executive director. “When Karen Elson and Nashville-based fashion journalist Libby Callaway approached us with this idea, we leapt at the opportunity. 

“The Golden Age of Couture exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was our first foray into the art of fashion, and we were grateful to Karen for her participation in the success of that exhibition. This event is the perfect follow up and a way for us to support the region’s burgeoning fashion community,” Edwards concluded.

Coddington will sign copies of her book following the formal program.
About Grace Coddington
Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.

With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appears in this book, have become instant classics.

Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom she has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor—the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.

Read a recent New York Times (November 17, 2012) article on Grace Coddington.

Listen to NPR's Fresh Air interview (November 20, 2012) with Grace Coddington. 

See what Grace had to say in her Vogue Twitter Takeover (November 20, 2012).


About Karen Elson
Karen Elson is a British supermodel and singer/songwriter. She began modeling at age 16 and had a big break when famed photographer Steven Meisel convinced her to dye her hair bright red and shave her eyebrows off for the cover of Italian Vogue. Soon after that, she walked in the Chanel fashion show and was shot by designer Karl Lagerfeld for one of the classic French company’s campaigns.

Over the years, Karen has worked with many famed photographers, including Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindberg, David Simms, and Craig McDean, to name a few. She has been on covers of international fashion magazines including Vogue, W, i-D, The Face, Dazed & Confused and Nylon, and has collaborated with fashion's most prestigious houses, including Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, as well as H&M, DKNY, Clinque, Gap, St. John and Banana Republic. Most recently, Karen walked alongside Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss in the fashion show featured during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

Karen is highly regarded in the fashion industry, where her 15-year career is still going strong. Aside from modeling, she is a founding member of the New York City-based “political cabaret” group The Citizens Band and an established singer-songwriter. She released her first solo record The Ghost Who Walks in 2010 to critical acclaim, and is currently at work on the follow-up. Karen’s songs have been featured on many compilations, TV shows and films.

She has two children, Scarlett and Henry, and lives in Nashville, where she juggles the demands of her career along with the many joys of motherhood.

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