Diana Vreeland (1906-1989) was this century's most formidable arbiter of elegance. As fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, editor in chief of Vogue, and creator of dozens of famous exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, her passion, charm, insouciance, and genius for style energized and inspired the world of fashion for fifty years. Her bestselling autobiography takes us with her around the globe in the company of royalty, actors, artists, and designers. Throughout, her vivacious conversation is peppered with glittering stories and outrageous pronouncements, displaying fully the talent for perception and persuasion that made her the empress of chic. Here she tells how Buffalo Bill taught her to ride, describes how she redefined the standards of attractiveness with the quirky models she brought to Vogue in the sixties, disparages her own looks, relates her search for the perfect red, and discourses on the nature of elegance. Whatever her subject, from backaches to nostalgia, from Paris to New York, from marriage to dinner parties, from Clark Gable to Swifty Lazar, you never want her to stop. For D. V. is unique among memoirs: a conversation as pleasurable as a perfect wardrobe.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
It is rather like a very interesting conversation! Vreeland drops names and anecdotes with great relish - and it's all fascinating. Gives us a taste of what it must be like to be able to travel in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pinkybear - LibraryThing
The ever effervescent DV. Stylish, witty and armed with joi de vive; she wrote for Vogue and Harper's Bazzar. A fashion trailblazer and an indomitable woman who lived life to the fullest, opening her mind and heart to the world of art and fashion. A real role model. Read full review