Grace Coddington was born in Anglesey, a remote Welsh island, in 1941. She won British Vogue’s young model competition at eighteen, and for the next decade lived the life of a cover girl. In 1968, she joined British Vogue as a fashion editor; there she remained until 1987 when Calvin Klein hired her to be his design director. She went to American Vogue the following year and became its creative director in 1995, a position she still holds. In 1993, Coddington had a retrospective show called Short Stories, the first ever from a fashion editor’s perspective.