After nearly 3 decades as Vogue‘s Creative Director, Grace Coddington is stepping down. Her departure is “effective immediately” but her ties to Vogue won’t exactly be severed —instead, she’ll be “at large”. Vogue said in a statement:
“After more than 25 years at American Vogue, Grace Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large and take on additional projects outside the magazine. She will work on several Vogue fashion shoots throughout the year.”
Coddington just signed with a new agency, Great Bowery and says she’ll now have time for her personal ventures –she’s working on a new fragrance with Comme des Garçons, among other things.
“I really love Vogue, it’s been in my life always, they discovered me as a model at 19. I’m not running away from Vogue, because it has opened so many doors. But it will be nice to collaborate, and nice to go out [and] give talks to people. It’s just another approach. I’m certainly not going into retirement. I don’t want to sit around.”
Coddington also starred in World of Wonder‘s documentary, In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye that aired on HBO in 2012. Wishing her well in her new ventures. One door closes and another one opens.