Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Overview

Called the “High Priestess of Fashion,” Diana Vreeland (1903–1989) was an American original whose impact on fashion and style was legendary. Beginning in 1936, when she became a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Vreeland established herself as a controversial visionary with an astonishing ability to invent and discover fashion ideas, designers, personalities, and photographers. She was a memorable writer with a vivid personality and a talent for coining aphorisms. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel chronicles...

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Overview

Called the “High Priestess of Fashion,” Diana Vreeland (1903–1989) was an American original whose impact on fashion and style was legendary. Beginning in 1936, when she became a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Vreeland established herself as a controversial visionary with an astonishing ability to invent and discover fashion ideas, designers, personalities, and photographers. She was a memorable writer with a vivid personality and a talent for coining aphorisms. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel chronicles 50 years of international fashion and Vreeland’s rich life. With more than 350 illustrations, including original magazine spreads and many famous photographs, this intensely visual book shows fashion as it was being invented, and how Vreeland shaped American taste through her superb vision.

Praise for Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel:

“Before there was Daphne Guinness, before there was Lady Gaga, there was the original style setter. A new book takes a look at the career and influence of the woman who made fashion modern.”

Town & Country

“A must-have and the perfect addition to anyone’s holiday gift list, the book begs to be displayed on a coffee table and leisurely reviewed from the corner of a comfy couch, when there is ample time to savor Vreeland's pioneering five decades in fashion.”
 —Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
…a gorgeous retrospective of her work…Vreeland's superlative achievement may have been the lasting quality of her seemingly capricious pronouncements—which can be seen, read and heard again and again, without losing their juicy vitality.
—Liesl Schillinger
Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Extensive research and a thorough review of family files and magazine archives contribute to this showpiece dedicated to fashion icon Diana Vreeland. The introduction by Immordino Vreeland (wife of Vreeland's grandson) sets the stage, briefly describing Vreeland's tenure at Harper's Bazaar, where she worked for 28 years, as well as her career at Vogue in the 1960's, where she shook up the fashion world. At Vogue, she featured the Beatles and the Rolling Stones on fashion pages, making the magazine "younger and more happening." The book provides some quick fashion history lessons, explaining, for example, how the advent of commercial plane travel changed fashion coverage forever, bringing women of color into fashion spreads for the first time. Most readers will love the book simply for its images, with timeless words and works by Richard Avedon, and memorable covers and people (Sophia Loren and Gloria Vanderbilt, among others). A must-have and the perfect addition to anyone's holiday gift list, the book begs to be displayed on a coffee table and leisurely reviewed from the corner of a comfy couch, when there is ample time to savor Vreeland's pioneering five decades in fashion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997431
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 170,748
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Immordino Vreeland runs her own fashion design and production consulting business. She is the producer of a documentary film about Diana Vreeland, and is married to Vreeland’s grandson Alexander.

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