Edward Enninful + Grace Coddington: A Visible Man: A Memoir
Join us for an in-person event with editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful for the release of his new memoir A Visible Man. Joining Edward in conversation is former model and former creative director at large of American Vogue magazine Grace Coddington. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.
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A Visible Man is Enninful’s big-hearted memoir that reveals how a Black, working-class immigrant rose to the hallowed halls of Voguechampioning those who, like him, have been pushed to the margins. Enninful begins with the harrowing story of his childhood in Ghana under an autocratic regime and his family’s immigration to London at the height of xenophobic Thatcherism. He reveals how he worked at breakneck speed to crack into the fashion industry, gives readers a front-row seat at the most legendary catwalks of the past three decades, and takes us inside how his pandemic-era cover shoots came together. Throughout, he is candid about the blatant racism he experienced within the fashion industry and how he strove to bring Black women onto the covers of its top publications. “I just want everyone to feel like no matter where they come from in life,” Enninful says, “or whatever their dream is, they can grasp it. Just like I did.”
Salman Rushdie writes of Enninful’s memoir: “Edward Enninful’s passionate leadership has transformed the world of fashion from a very largely white environment into a far more diverse one. His absorbing self-portrait gives us profound insights into growing up Black and gay in Ghana, London, and in the fashion media. He is courageously truthful about his own demons and pulls no punches in depicting his battles against racism. It’s a terrific and, I think, important book.”
“Edward Enninful inspires a whole new generation to show us anything is possible when you work hard with love and passion. His story in his own words is a lesson to us all as he has paved the way for so many. I learned so much from Edward when he worked on my team. His dedication, creativity and kindness as a colleague and friend are exceptional. This book is a revelation and shows the genius and strength of this wonderful, pioneering, legendary man of Fashion.” — Donatella Versace
“Edward’s book is the proof that you that you can have a beautiful soul, an extraordinary eye, and a loving heart… and confirms that showing vulnerability can be inspiring and glamorous, and compassion can be expressed in the pages of Vogue.” — Diane von Furstenberg
“Edward’s talent and hard work have always been an example, he has strongly contributed in building a new vision, open and modern.”— Miuccia Prada
“Edward Enninful is not just a local hero but a globe icon.”— Steve McQueen
“Edward’s journey is a lesson for the culture and future generations to come. He is an inspiration.” — Naomi Campbell
“Inspiring, entertaining, ground-breaking.” — Munroe Bergdorf
“Edward’s story is a true beacon of inspiration, hope and change for the better. He has blazed a path for so many to follow, which sadly had never been possible before.” — Claudia Schiffer
“Anyone interested in what it takes, from a beautiful human being’s point of view, to change an industry from within, should read this book. Edward offers an insight only he can. Enjoy it. Share it.”— Idris Elba
“I have always had great respect for Edward Enninful… I watched him grow, both professionally and as a person, and begin to make his voice heard, with ever greater determination, on important and topical issues. Perhaps one of the very first to speak out on thorny topics in the fashion context, which until recently has preferred to stick to positive conversations only. I believe that now, as editor-in-chief of British Vogueand editorial director for Condé Nast Europe, Edward is carrying out important work, leading change, and challenging the obsolete elements of the fashion system, while never disrespecting the legacy and the goals that fashion has achieved.”— Giorgio Armani
“What fun!” — Kate Moss