Diana Vreeland – a Documentary of an Exuberant Lady of Fashion

Diana Vreeland is the original fashion editor.  She really invented the role that now famous fashion faces like Anna Wintour (Editor for Vogue USA), Anna Dello Russo (Fmr Editor at L’Uomo Vogue ) and Franca Sozzani (Editor of Italian Vogue)…notice the Vogue trend here :-)

You must must MUST see the documentary that her grandaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, has created out in theatres now.  It will fascinate, amuse and delight you, I promise. It tells the story of her life from memories of La Belle Epoque through the glamorous 30s and the swingin’ 60s up through her positions at Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I splurged on tickets late Friday night with my fashion-loving-friend (everyone has 1 or 2!) Chantelle and saw the film nestled in the cushy velvet-covered seats at the Curzon Mayfair in London.We eschewed the 2 for £10 prosecco (when have I ever done that?!) in favour of thick creamy hot chocolates and really enjoyed ourselves.

Diana’s autobiography ‘DV’ written in 2003 has been sitting on my bedside table for months begging me to read it.  I am finally beginning it this week and I can’t wait to hear her story in her own exuberant words.  As one of the interviewees in the documentary says (paraphrased):  ‘She was a bit of an inventor, preferring the beauty of imagination to the droleness of everyday life’.  One clear message of the film was that she delighted in giving people fantasy! Her influence on photoshoots, model-choices, editorials and narrative were unbounded and she was GREAT at it.  She loved color, she loved to emphasize the differences in people and she loved talent.  When no one else would emphasize Barbara Streisand’s nose or Lauren Hutton’s gap-teeth, she did and it was sensational.

Her life was what she made it and her enthusiasm and creativity are a real inspiration.  Please enjoy some of my favourite Diana Vreeland quotes below!

Diana on editorials:

“One does not read a picture book from beginning to end, the eye has to travel”

Diana on how to become Diana Vreeland:

“The first thing is, you must arrange to be born in Paris”

Angelica Huston on Diana Vreeland:

“She made it OK for women to be ambitious.”


Photo above of Diana from Fashion Indie

2nd image is of the Documentary promo picture