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Diana Vreeland (1903 - 1989)

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.'

Diana Vreeland by Arnold Newman, 1974
Diana Vreeland by Arnold Newman, 1974
Diana Vreeland by Arnold Newman, 1974
Diana Vreeland by Arnold Newman, 1974
Diana Vreeland by Horst P. Horst, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Horst P. Horst, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Michael Tighe, 1976
Diana Vreeland by Michael Tighe, 1976
Diana Vreeland and her grandson Nicolas Vreeland by Ron Gaella, 1976
Diana Vreeland and her grandson Nicolas Vreeland by Ron Gaella, 1976
Diana Vreeland curating The World of Balenciaga, photographed by Harry Benson, 1973
Diana Vreeland curating The World of Balenciaga, photographed by Harry Benson, 1973
Diana Vreeland in her appartement in New York by Thomas Hoepker, 1985
Diana Vreeland in her appartement in New York by Thomas Hoepker, 1985
Diana Vreeland in her appartement in New York by Thomas Hoepker, 1985
Diana Vreeland in her appartement in New York by Thomas Hoepker, 1985
Diana Vreeland by Richard Avedon, 1946
Diana Vreeland by Richard Avedon, 1946
Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol by Bob Colacello, ca. 1975
Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol by Bob Colacello, ca. 1975
Diana Vreeland for LIFE Magazine, 1981
Diana Vreeland for LIFE Magazine, 1981
Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint-Laurent by Michel Dufour, 1985
Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint-Laurent by Michel Dufour, 1985
Diana Vreeland wearing a gown for her presentation to the court in Buckingham Palace, 1933
Diana Vreeland wearing a gown for her presentation to the court in Buckingham Palace, 1933
Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint-Laurent by Michel Dufour, 1985
Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint-Laurent by Michel Dufour, 1985
Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute in New York by Sara Krulwich, 1975
Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute in New York by Sara Krulwich, 1975
Valentino and Diana Vreeland, 1978
Valentino and Diana Vreeland, 1978
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland and Audrey Hepburn, 1982
Diana Vreeland and Audrey Hepburn, 1982
Diana Vreeland and Jerry Hall at Studio 54 in New York by Rose Hartman, New York, 1978
Diana Vreeland and Jerry Hall at Studio 54 in New York by Rose Hartman, New York, 1978
Diana Vreeland in her appartement in New York by Horst P. Horst, 1979
Diana Vreeland in her appartement in New York by Horst P. Horst, 1979
Slim Hawks, Diana Vreeland, and her husband Thomas Reed Vreeland at Kitty Miller's New Year's Eve party in New York, photographed by Slim Aarons, 1952
Slim Hawks, Diana Vreeland, and her husband Thomas Reed Vreeland at Kitty Miller's New Year's Eve party in New York, photographed by Slim Aarons, 1952
Diana and Reed Vreeland by John McMullen, 1940s
Diana and Reed Vreeland by John McMullen, 1940s
Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon by Richard Avedon, 1955
Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon by Richard Avedon, 1955
Cecil Beaton and Diana Vreeland by James Karales, 1965
Cecil Beaton and Diana Vreeland by James Karales, 1965
Diana Vreeland, 1978
Diana Vreeland, 1978
Diana Vreeland, 1980
Diana Vreeland, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Harry Benson, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Harry Benson, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Harry Benson, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Harry Benson, 1980
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1985
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1985
Diana Vreeland by Ron Galella, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Ron Galella, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Bernard Gotfryd, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Bernard Gotfryd, 1980
Diana Vreeland gesturing towards a shoe, part of the exibition «Vanity Fair» in New York, photographed by John Soto,  1976
Diana Vreeland gesturing towards a shoe, part of the exibition «Vanity Fair» in New York, photographed by John Soto, 1976
Diana Vreeland at the Costume Exhitition The Glory of Russian Costume in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1976
Diana Vreeland at the Costume Exhitition The Glory of Russian Costume in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1976
Andy Warhol and Diana Vreeland at the Exhibition Folk and Funk at Museum of American Folk Art in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1977
Andy Warhol and Diana Vreeland at the Exhibition Folk and Funk at Museum of American Folk Art in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1977
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland at the Costume Exhitition The Glory of Russian Costume in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1976
Diana Vreeland at the Costume Exhitition The Glory of Russian Costume in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1976
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Jonathan Becker for Vanity Fair Magazine, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Santi Visalli, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Santi Visalli, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Ron Galella, 1980
Diana Vreeland by Ron Galella, 1980
Diana Vreeland displaying a silk and silver wedding dress worn by Catherine the Great, 1976
Diana Vreeland displaying a silk and silver wedding dress worn by Catherine the Great, 1976
Diana Vreeland by Ron Galella, 1975
Diana Vreeland by Ron Galella, 1975
Diana Vreeland at the opening of an exhibiton of Hollywood costumes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,  photographed by Don Higan, 1974
Diana Vreeland at the opening of an exhibiton of Hollywood costumes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, photographed by Don Higan, 1974
Peggy LeBoutillier (Harper's Bazaar magazine editor) and Diana Vreeland working on layouts about the Paris fashion shows, photographed by George Karger, 1937
Peggy LeBoutillier (Harper's Bazaar magazine editor) and Diana Vreeland working on layouts about the Paris fashion shows, photographed by George Karger, 1937
Editor Carmel Snow and Diana Vreeland reviewing magazine layouts in Harper's Bazaar office, photographed by Walter Sanders, 1952
Editor Carmel Snow and Diana Vreeland reviewing magazine layouts in Harper's Bazaar office, photographed by Walter Sanders, 1952
Richard Avedon and Diana Vreeland supervising a fashion shoot of jewellery at Tiffany’s, 1955
Richard Avedon and Diana Vreeland supervising a fashion shoot of jewellery at Tiffany’s, 1955
Diana Vreeland by Rowland Scherman, 1966
Diana Vreeland by Rowland Scherman, 1966
Diana Vreeland by Rowland Scherman, 1966
Diana Vreeland by Rowland Scherman, 1966
Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint Laurent at the Costume Institute annual gala for their retrospective of Laurent's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographed by Tony Palmieri, 1983
Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint Laurent at the Costume Institute annual gala for their retrospective of Laurent's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographed by Tony Palmieri, 1983
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Diana Vreeland at her Vogue office by Tony Palmieri, 1962
Valentino and Diana Vreeland by Tony Palmieri, 1978
Valentino and Diana Vreeland by Tony Palmieri, 1978
Diana Vreeland showing off a one seam coat by Balenciaga at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, 1973
Diana Vreeland showing off a one seam coat by Balenciaga at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, 1973
Diana Vreeland by Christian Avril, 1971
Diana Vreeland by Christian Avril, 1971
Diana Vreeland by Christian Avril, 1971
Diana Vreeland by Christian Avril, 1971
Diana Vreeland for Interview Magazine, 1980
Diana Vreeland for Interview Magazine, 1980
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973
Diana Vreeland in New York, 1972
Diana Vreeland in New York, 1972
Diana Vreeland, 1975
Diana Vreeland, 1975
Diana Vreeland by Peter Simins, 1972
Diana Vreeland by Peter Simins, 1972
Diana Vreeland in her in Vogue Office by James Karales, 1965
Diana Vreeland in her in Vogue Office by James Karales, 1965
Diana Vreeland by Louise Dahl Wolfe, 1942
Diana Vreeland by Louise Dahl Wolfe, 1942
Diana Vreeland wearing Schiaparelli, photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1937
Diana Vreeland wearing Schiaparelli, photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1937
Diana Vreeland and Marisa Berenson by James Karales, ca. 1965
Diana Vreeland and Marisa Berenson by James Karales, ca. 1965
Diana Vreeland  for Blackglama furs, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1977
Diana Vreeland for Blackglama furs, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1977
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland by Priscilla Rattazzi, 1982
Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Fred Hughes, 1973
Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Fred Hughes, 1973
Diana Vreeland by Horst P. Horst, 1979
Diana Vreeland by Horst P. Horst, 1979
Diana Vreeland by  Bob Colacello, 1978
Diana Vreeland by Bob Colacello, 1978
Diana Vreeland in her in Vogue Office, 1972
Diana Vreeland in her in Vogue Office, 1972
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