We’ve been examining classic Halloween costumes that only require a few great accessories on a simple outfit to effortlessly transport you from workday to soiree. Having covered Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra and Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly, we’re now turning our attention to real-life fashion maverick Grace Coddington’s signature look. Such a posh Halloween ensemble can be pulled together in minutes, and its lasting glamour can easily be worn throughout the year!
You may recognize Coddington from the 2009 documentary The September Issue. She’s Creative Director for the American edition of Vogue, and we love how this former model of swingin’ sixties London has resisted having plastic surgery and let her true shelf shine. The more she’s aged, the frizzier and more cartoon-red her hair becomes, giving the soft-spoken Coddington a larger-than-life edge.
This costume is built around a frizzy red wig and any kind of tasteful black dress or pantsuit. Add classy, timeless jewelry and you’re set. If someone asks you who are, just say, “Grace Coddington, of course!” And your costume can always double for American Horror Story’s Myrtle Snow.
Here’s to a fun, safe, and fabulous Halloween!
by Sara Bir