"I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me - projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give 'em what they never knew they wanted."
"Most people haven't got a point of view; they need to have it given to them,"
-D.V., by Diana Vreeland. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
A much anticipated documentary that chronicles Diana Vreeland's career as a fashion editor, celebrity -she earned the title of 'High Priestess of Fashion'- and overall visionary is now on theaters across America and soon Europe. It contains commentary by Anna Sui and Diane von Furstenberg, who claims that Vreeland's memos were like a blog. "[Vreeland] was, in fact, the first blogger," she jokes.
She had the vision of an oracle and when the oracle spoke, people kowtowed. "Pink is the navy blue of India" and "Elegance is refusal" were some of her most repeated declarations (vogue.com). For more details on her life, career, editorials and infamous quotations you can visit her site DianaVreeland.com
Photograph by: David Bailey, July 1964 dianavreeland.com
Vreeland herself famously gushed, "Those lips!" to Mick Jagger's portrait by David Baley.
Featured at the ''People are Talking About'' section, Mick Jagger was only 19 years old, not a name yet in England and that is why the picture was rejected by British Vogue.
Details like this mattered little to Mrs. Vreeland. When Bailey showed her the portrait, her immediate response was "I don't care who he is, but he looks great and we'll publish it."
Photograph by: Louise Dahl-Wolfe, March 1943 dianavreeland.com
Bacall describes her meeting with Diana Vreeland as "the twist of fate that changed my life forever."
Some of her most memorable editorials were the ones with the model Veruschka.
''Vendours and Mysteries'' and ''The snow country'' editorials reflect how visionary and avant-garde was the legendary Diana Vreeland.
Harper's Bazaar Covers
From the moment Diana Vreeland stepped in Harper's Bazaar as Fashion Editor in 1936, she took to the part with her characteristic vigour and unconventionality. She was well known for her imaginative style, and Harper's would provide the perfect platform to share her élan with the public (dianavreeland.com).
During an editorial shoot Mrs. Vreeland arranged at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Arizona, one of the models fell ill and was unable to work.
So she stepped in and the result was even better than the one anticipated, a vibrant show of her proclivity for colour, ever-relevant style and dramatic editorial vision.
The movie Diana Vreeland 'The eye has to travel' is not yet available in our country. For information on the movie's schedule click here .
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