Today is the 117th birthday of Diana Vreeland. She was and continues to be the arbiter of style, even after her death 20+ years ago. Do yourself a favor and read “D.V.”: her autobiography/manual of style/name-drop-a-thon book masquerading as a roller coaster ride through the early parts of the 20th century. It will seriously change your life. Watch “The Eye Has To Travel,” her documentary. You will start to look at style as something you own, not something you follow and conform to. She will teach you that the sexiest most attractive thing one can have and wear is confidence. I absolutely adore her for the permission she gives people to be fashionable, be original, beautiful, without being ordinary or expected. Wear some pearls today, wear your shirt back to front, do something original today. Do it for yourself with a wink to Ms. Vreeland. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.
NAME: Diane Dalziel Vreeland
BIRTH DATE: September 29, 1903
PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris, France
DEATH DATE: August 22, 1989
PLACE OF DEATH: Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart Attack
BEST KNOWN FOR: As a fashion journaist, Diana Vreeland was an influential figure in American fashion during the 20th century.
Diana Vreeland began her career at Harper’s Bazaar in 1936. Her column “Why Don’t You…?” was famous for offering outlandish fashion and lifestyle tips for the times. Vreeland later became the magazine’s fashion editor and established herself as one of the country’s leading arbiters of style. In 1962, Vreeland joined the staff of Vogue and continued to be a powerful force in the fashion world.
Fashion journalist. Born Diana Dalziel on March 1, 1924, in Paris, France. Diana Vreeland was an influential figure in American fashion during the twentieth century. The daughter of wealthy parents, she spent her early years in France before moving to New York as a teenager.
Diana Vreeland began her career as a columnist for Harper’s Bazaar in 1936. Her column “Why Don’t You . . . ?” was famous for offering outlandish fashion and lifestyle tips for the times. Few could afford in the Depression follow her advice. Moving up the editorial ladder, Vreeland became the magazine’s fashion editor, a post she held until the early 1960s. At Harper’s Bazaar, she established herself as one of the country’s leading arbiters of style.
In 1962, Diana Vreeland joined the staff of Vogue, another influential fashion magazine, as editor in chief. At Vogue, she continued to be a powerful force in the fashion world, often able to identify the coming trends, such as the popularity of the bikini. Vreeland also worked with many well-known photographers, such as Richard Avedon, in making the magazine.
While she left Vogue in 1971, Diana Vreeland did not leave the fashion world. She worked as a consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, putting together fashion exhibitions. Vreeland died on August 22, 1989. Married to T. Reed Vreeland since 1924, she had two sons, Thomas R., Jr., and Frederick.
“People who eat white bread have no dreams.”
“Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.”
“Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.”
“I always wear my sweater back-to-front; it is so much more flattering.”
“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”
“Pink is the navy blue of India.”