Monday, September 24, 2012

Style Icon: Diana Vreeland

"There's only one really good life and thats the life you know you want and you make it yourself."
- Diana Vreeland

This week I'm thrilled to see the new documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.  For those of you who don't know, Diana Vreeland was a fashion editor at Harpers Bazaar, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, and a consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  What is so interesting, however, is that when Diana Vreeland became a fashion editor, there had never been one before.  As Bob Colacello explained, "Diana was just so far ahead, it wasn't just about fashion.  It was about art, it was about music, it was about society, it was all woven together."

Clearly, Diana did much to pave the way for the future of fashion and editorial.  I think that as a visionary, an influencer, and a breaker of the rules, she set an example for women everywhere.  As Angelica Houston pointed out, "She made it OK for women to be outlandish and extraordinary."

"Too much good taste can be boring." -DV

"Fashion must be the intoxicating release from the banality of the world" -DV

"A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika.  We all need a splash of bad taste - it's hearty it's healthy, it's physical.  I think we could use more of it.  NO taste is what I'm against" - DV

She has been described as "the century's most formidable arbiter of elegance".

"The idea of beauty was changing.  If you had a bump on your nose, it made no difference so long as you had a marvellous body and a good carriage.  You held your head high and were a beauty... You knew how to water-ski, and how to take a jet plane in the morning, arrive anywhere and be anyone when you got off" - DV

"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it." - DV

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