Now for a little style inspiration...
|Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel by Lisa Immordino Vreeland|
|DV, photographed by Richard Avedon in 1977; looking original, |
elegant and on the verge of delivering one of her bon mots.
"The first thing to do is arrange to be born in Paris. After that, everything follows quite naturally." So said Diana Vreeland. Raised in a worldy and sophisticated family, Diana was witness to major cultural events of the time; attending the coronation of George V, riding horses with Buffalo Bill and seeing Charles Lindbergh fly. Her mother compared Diana with her "beautiful sister" saying too bad that "you're so extremely ugly." This seemed to fuel Vreeland's fire and determination to create her larger-than-life personality.
Vreeland invented the job of fashion editor for Harper's Bazaar from 1936 to 1962 and then Vogue from 1962- 1971. She created the fashion magazine that we know today, inspiring fashion and not just reporting on it. At Bazaar she wrote her "Why Don't You?" column offering outrageous and imaginative style advice ("Why Don't You wash your blond child's hair in dead champagne, as they do in France?"). She discovered the talents of Richard Avedon, Lauren Bacall, Veruschka, Twiggy and many others. After shaping and influencing fashion for thirty-five years she took her talents and personality to revive the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute as a special consultant from 1972 until her death in 1989.
|So cool still today. Graphic and dramatic covers from the 40's.|
|Vreeland is quoted: "I met Chanel in 1926, which was really the moment |
that the world's clothes totally changed: the clean shirt, the little jackets and skirts."
Diana focused on the cultural personalities as well as fashion.
|From the 40's. I would love that hooded coat right now!|
Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Bazaar, 1945
Diana Vreeland immortalized herself with her dramatic quotes:
"But you gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It's a way of life. Without it you're nobody. I'm not talking about lots of clothes."
"Someone once said, 'Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains.' Therefore, when dressing, be absorbed completely and utterly in yourself, letting no detail escape you. However, once dressed, be interested only in those about you."
"Passion for passion, you can learn anything, you can do anything, you can go anywhere. Don't you think passion is very rare? And I think that it is getting rarer because there is so little around us."
|Audrey fabulous in Givenchy|
Photo by Bert Stern, Vogue, 1963
|Embracing all that was happening in the 60's, Diana does a spread on |
futuristic Courreges, Vogue, 1965
Photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1970
|Gorgeous Fortuny gowns, worn by Gloria Vanderbilt and from her collection.|
Photo by Richard Avedon, Vogue, 1969
Vreeland wrote her autobiography, DV and Allure, with her thoughts on the allure of style. I have both on order. Allure was originally published in the 80's and reissued in 2010. I would love to find an affordable early edition.
Why Don't We meditate on this DV quote?:
"The energy of imagination, deliberation, and invention, which fall into a natural rhythm totally one's own, maintained by innate discipline and a keen sense of pleasure. These are the ingredients of style"