D.V.

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Da Capo, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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The originator of both the Twiggy phenomenon and such eminently quotable fashion proverbs as 'Pink is the navy blue of India'. Diana Vreeland reigned as queen of the fashion world over fifty years. As fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and editor in chief of Vogue, she was obsessed with fashion high and low and used the pages of the magazine to bring her love of the bizarre and the absurd to her audience. She also created dozens of famous exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume Institute. In this glittering autobiography we see 'D.V.' giving Jack Nicholson a black plaster in the lobby of a London restaurant, asserting that all her plump friends had gotten 'champagne chins', and being feted by Coco Chanel in her Paris home. She tells tales of the Prince Wales and Clark Gables, Jackei O. and Buffalo Bill.

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

It was fascinating to read about Diana Vreeland's life because it was so glamorous and international. It was interesting to hear her point of view on various topics -- not only fashion, but also ... Read full review

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User Review  - Celia Montgomery - Goodreads

Diana Vreeland is so confident in her own good judgement, so winning in her gossipy sense of fun and so original in her idea-making. Her only formal education was in ballet - which radiates through ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Diana Vreeland was born in Paris on July 29, 1903. Beginning as the author of the infamous "Why Don't You . . . " column for "Harper's Bazaar", Diana's immense success propelled her to fashion editor at the magazine, and she quickly became a singular authority in the fashion world. In 1962, she left to be editor-in-chief at "Vogue", and her tenure there was marked by her exceptional ability to translate the zeitgeist of the times, her clairvoyance for trends, and her inimitable style. She was an inspiration for a generation of designers, among them Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Blass, Issey Miyake, and Valentino, and she would help launch the careers of some of today's top designers, among them Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, and Oscar de la Renta.

In 1973, she became a special consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, curating shows that featured the clothes and costumes of former Hollywood stars, ballet companies, and master designers. From then until her death in August of 1989, she remained the preeminent voice of the fashion world, its grande dame, and one of its most memorable characters whose lasting influence continues to inspire.

GEORGE PLIMPTON, the originator of "participatory journalism," is the founder and editor of the renowned literary magazine "The Paris Review." His books include "Paper Lion "(page TK), "The Bogey Man "(page TK), "Open Net" (page TK), "Shadow Box" (page TK), and "Mad Ducks and Bears" (page TK). He lives in New York City.

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