Inside the imaginative genious of Diana Vreeland.
It certainly is the fact that the most notable dame of high fashion and publicity nowadays is Anna Wintour, but many forget that even the queens have their predecessors and figures to look up to. One of them, who preceded Anna both in Vogue and even relationship with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is an American columnist and writer Diana Vreeland.
Parisian from birth, New Yorker from passions, Vreeland always took fashion with a pinch of salt. It was at the age of 33 that she began her adventure with Harper’s Bazaar, after a short romance with the British capital and dancing career. Back in New York, she was discovered because of her exquisite sense of style and class. She discovered and engaged many famous photographers into the magazine, among many Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton. It is also thanks to Diana that Lauren Bacall owes her career. The columnist first discovered the actress in 1940 and decided to feature her on the cover of the magazine, thus triggering-off her career. Soon afterwards, Vreeland became the editor-in-chief of American Vogue.
After leaving the magazine, Vreeland became style advisor for Jackie Kennedy. Surprisingly to many, she was the genus behind first lady’s iconic style, carefully selecting her outfits for galas and ceremonies. Soon afterwards, she started her collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Costume Institute. During her time there, she organized over 15 exhibitions. Figure impressive for a socialite turned style icon turned columnist turned editor-in-chief of ‘fashion Bible’. That can only add to Vreeland’s legacy, confirming her as a genius of many domains.
Unsurprisingly then, she became the subject of a 2012 documentary movie ‘The eye has to travel’. The picture shows Vreeland’s extraordinary lifestyle, achievements and character. Position definitely worth watching, not only for fashion art art enthusiasts, but anyone with an appreciation for a curious and imaginative mind.