Grace Coddington Curates

vogue's legendary creative director has curated an auction of favourite nudes by the artists who inspire her


Grace Coddington, the inimitable storyteller fashion editor, has a career that spans more than four decades—from her early days in London as a model in the swinging sixties to her remarkable time at US Vogue, where she continues to create wonderfully cinematic and irreverent work. 


Her latest edit involves an array of favourite nudes, curated for the online auction house, Paddle8. Coddington said of the endeavour, “A narrative doesn’t have to be ten pages, it can be one picture,” and indeed each artwork—by iconic photographers such as Guy Bourdin and Horst P. Horst, alongside modern day visionaries the likes of Craig McDean and Tim Walker—conjures a poignant moment and a narrative of unexpected beauty, much like Coddington's own vision. The auction extends through May 16.

The Naked Truth: above, a 1980 Guy Bourdin edition from the Paddle8 auction, No Clothes. Below left: Kate Moss, 2005; right: a portrait of the Vogue creative director, both by Craig McDean.

Above left, Malgosia Bela by David Sims, 2006; and Natalia Vodianova in Cannes by Mario Testino, 2007. Below left: The Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939, by Horst P. Horst; below right, Kristen McMenamy, Ritz Paris, 1993, by Steven Meisel.