Grace Coddington at 80

Detail, “Brief Encounter,” Vogue, December 1991. Photo: Helmut Newton. Editor: Grace Coddinton. Image: Vogue Archive.

Last month, the inimitable Grace Coddington turned 80. (Read her reminiscence in British Vogue here.) To celebrate, here is a selection of Coddington images featuring Vogue patterns, created in collaboration with Peter Lindbergh, Ellen von Unwerth, and Helmut Newton.

"Seeing Spots" 7054 Women's robe and shorts (1987) "Additional information: shorten shorts."
Naomi Campbell in V7054 in “Seeing Spots,” Vogue, June 1990. Photo: Peter Lindbergh. Editor: Grace Coddington. Image: Vogue Archive.
Christy Turlington in V2478 by Donna Karan, “Jean Seberg,” Vogue, October 1990. Photo: Ellen von Unwerth. Editor: Grace Coddington. Image: Vogue Archive.
Helena Christensen in V7960 with Cindy Crawford in Saint-Tropez in “Brief Encounter,” Vogue, December 1991. Photo: Helmut Newton. Editor: Grace Coddinton. Image: Vogue Archive.

Happy belated birthday, Ms. Coddington!

Grace Coddington models Hayfield 495: Hayfield Bri-Nylon Patterns Designed by Vogue Knitting (1966) Image: Knitting Now and Then.

Red Carpet Roundup

Vogue 1078 by Damian Yee for Guy Laroche on the runway
Vogue 1078 on the runway. Image: Vogue Italia.

Will you be watching the Oscars on Sunday? Here’s a roundup of my posts on red carpet dressing.

Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche – Hilary Swank chose her Oscars gown from Leroux’s debut collection for Laroche. Vogue Patterns released two designs from this collection: cocktail dress V2899 and a backless evening pantsuit. (Bonus: check out this red Laroche gown on 1stdibs.)

Vogue 2937 by Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche

Damian Yee for Guy Laroche – Leroux’s successor at Laroche has two evening designs with Vogue Patterns, including this gown from the house’s Jubilee collection.

Vogue 1078 by Damian Yee for Guy Laroche

Clash of the Titans: Goddess Gowns – My first Oscars post on the Academy Awards staple. This late ’40s gown might be this blog’s most-pinned image:

McCall 7862

Rock the Caftan – A non-Western formal alternative with origins in ancient Persia.

Billie Blair in Dior caftan V1346

Red Carpet Fashion: Evening Pantsuits – A trend that continues to pick up steam (see Hannah Marriot, “Red-carpet rebels: why trousers for women are a political act“).

Donna Karan bustier pantsuit pattern Vogue 1076

Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent at the 44th Academy Awards, April 1972. Image: tumblr.
Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent at the 44th Academy Awards, April 1972. Image: tumblr.