Noted fashion editor Diana Vreeland is one of my favorite inspirations. A French native, her New York career took her from Harpers Bazar, to Editor-in-Cheif of Vogue to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is credited for discovering Lauren Bacall and Edie Sedwick, and advised Jackie Kennedy on her wardrobe. Known for taking fashion very seriously, one of my favorite quotes from her is “Most people haven’t got a point of view, they need to have it given to them.” Oh God, I love her.
In 1955 she hired famed interior designer Billy Baldwin to transform her New York city apartment exclusively in red. She instructed she wanted her home to look like a garden, but not a garden in hell. Can you imagine how ridiculously fab their design meeting must have been?
Diana’s quotes rival Karen Walker’s. Enjoy.
“What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about.”“Red is the great clarifier – bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red – it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.” “The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb.”“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”“You don’t have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive.”
I don’t know what I love more, her amazing words or fabulous trade-mark pointy red nails.
There is now a documentary film about her life and work The Eye Has to Travel. Watch the trailer now. It’s awesome.
Why can’t it play in St. Louis? Gah! I wanna watch it NOW! Hopefully it hits the RedBox soon.