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inspiration: the legendary diana vreeland

i recently stumbled upon this trailer for upcoming documentary – Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was the 20th Century’s greatest arbiter of style, an exotic and vibrant character who, during her fifty-year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” dazzled the world with her unique vision of style high and low. She launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O, and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She lived a vibrant and remarkable life, and as the star performer in her own drama, Diana began writing the script for it at an early age. She was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, where she helped popularize its historical collections. DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.

Along the way, the story of Vreeland illustrates the evolution of women into roles of power and prominence throughout the 20th century, and travels through some of the century’s greatest historical and cultural eras, including Paris’ Belle Epoque, New York in the roaring twenties, and London in the swinging sixties. It also spans such historical events as the great wars, the flights of Lindbergh, the romance of Wallis and Windsor, the Kennedy inauguration, and the freewheeling spirit of the 1960’s youthquake, and the advent of countless fashion revolutions from the bikini to the blue jean. (copied from here)

i read her biography years ago – what a cool intriguing creative life she lived…i haven’t found any showtimes of the movie yet here in portland, oregon….but as soon as i find out when/where it’s playing i will be sure to post…i’m dying to see it myself (it’s now playing – as of 10/20/12)

in the meantime here are a few pic of her legendary style:


photo by: Horst P Horst


a look from one of the many images she created

she was also known for her one liners. here are a few:

– The only real elegance is in the mind; If you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.
– What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about.
– Pink is the navy blue of India.
– Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since gondola
– I always wear my sweater back to front. It is much more flattering.
– Too much good taste can be boring.
– (Balenciaga) did the most delicious evening clothes. Clothes aren’t delicious anymore.
– People who eat white bread have no dreams.

what’s not to love?
xo, hb

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
now playing at the regal fox tower in down town portland oregon
‎12:25‎ – ‎2:25‎ – ‎4:50‎ – ‎7:00‎ – ‎9:40pm‎