“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.” D.V.
I love Diana Vreeland. She is an icon. The movie “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel” is a wonderful and entertaining portrait that is a must see if you have an interest in fashion, photography, celebrity, beauty or publishing. She was such a ball of energy and creativity. Her colleagues and assistants said she was difficult and demanding but I think she had to be to see her avant-garde visions carried out.
“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.” D.V.
Vreeland was hired by Carmel Snow at Harper’s Bazaar first as a contributor which evolved into fashion editor of the magazine, and stayed there for 25 years (1937-1962). She followed this with a stint at Vogue as Editor-in-Chief (1962-1971). And if that wasn’t enough she was a consultant at the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972 until 1986. The flip side of all this is that she never got a raise while at Harper’s Bazaar and was passed over for a promotion. Her time at Vogue was cut short because the magazine wasn’t doing so well under her and her expenses for photo shoots weren’t helping. Fortunately her friends rallied to get her a job at the Costume Institute where she revolutionized the department.
“Vogue always did stand for people’s lives. I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later.” D.V. More