Diana Dalziel was born in Paris – she latter claimed that in life, 'the first thing to do my love is to arrange to be born in Paris' - to an English father and an American mother and led a wealthy existence surrounded by an intellectual and artistic environment. Settled in New York, she was remarked by Carmel Snow, the Harper's Bazaar editor, who, fascinated by her sense of style, engaged her as a fashion editor and the witty author of the Why Don't You column that urged American housewives to opt for a wildly inventive and daring life: 'Why don't you wash your blond child's hair in dead champagne, as they do in France?' In 1957, she became the magazine's editor in chief before moving to its rival, Vogue, in 1962 where she imagined fantasy-like spreads and brought the attention on unconventional beauties such as Twiggy and Penelope Tree, sensing the youth revolution of the 1960s and featured celebrities on the cover. Today remains the influence of the controversial theatrical exhibitions she imagined as a special consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, her revolutionary fashion language and her awe-inspiring declarations: '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.'