Grace Coddington Talks Post-Election Grief, Animated Films

The Hollywood Reporter

Like half of the nation, Grace Coddington is still trying to deal with the results of Tuesday's election.

"I'm grieving," the former Vogue creative director told The Hollywood Reporter Thursday evening ahead of her book signing for Grace: The American Vogue Years (Phaidon, $175) at Melrose Place's Bookmarc. "I'm not American, so I couldn't vote, but obviously we all got very involved." (Coddington was born in the U.K.)

Indeed, Anna Wintour held fundraisers in support of Hillary Clinton, and Vogue endorsed the Democratic presidential nominee, making it the first time the fashion bible had officially endorsed a candidate. "Everybody's going crazy, but ultimately that's the deal, and we have to deal with it," noted Coddington.

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Coddington was in L.A. for a two-day Vogue photo shoot and figured she'd do another book signing for her latest tome while in town. When in La La Land, the legendary redhead said she enjoys dining at Sunset Tower because "it's just a place where you can flop down, and they don't question if you come in with a T-shirt and dusty pants or something."

Since stepping down at Vogue after nearly 30 years in January (she's now the creative director at large), the 75-year-old remains busier than ever. She released her aforementioned book in September, launched a fragrance with Comme des Garcons, fronted Calvin Klein's fall campaign and worked with Tiffany & Co. on its "Legendary Style" campaign starring Lupita Nyong'o and Elle Fanning. And she's showing no signs of slowing down. Her next goal? Making an animated film.

"I don't want to jinx it, but I'm talking to people now about the project," she revealed. "They tell me it's going to happen, but, you know, in Hollywood it's always tomorrow." She added with a laugh, "So I said, 'You better hurry up, I'm not getting any younger.' "

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"I'm very excited to do it. It's another medium, so I think that's what would be particularly thrilling, and it can go anywhere," said Coddington, who shared that, should the project come together, she'd hope for the animation style to reflect a mix of old school, classic Mickey Mouse (think Steamboat Willie) and her own quirky artwork, as seen on her personal Instagram. "I want to work with my same team that I've always worked with, like Michael Roberts, who's worked with me throughout all the books and projects I've done."

Roberts also worked with Coddington on her 2012 memoir, Grace, which was optioned in 2015 by film-production company A24, the studio behind Room, American Honey and Moonlight. Between the movie adaptation of Grace and a potential animated film, it sounds like Hollywood can't get enough of her, either.

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