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Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland (July 29, 1903, Paris, France – August 22, 1989) was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Born as Diana Dalziel, Vreeland was the eldest daughter of American socialite mother Emily Key Hoffman and British father Frederick Young Dalziel. Hoffman was a descendant of George Washington’s brother as well as a cousin of Francis Scott Key. She also was a distant cousin of Pauline de Rothschild. Vreeland had one sister, Alexandra.

In 1962 she left Harpers to become editor in chief of Vogue. She built a reputation for allowing photographers, stylists and models to do what they do best – be creative. In 1972 she was fired from Vogue for being a troublesome perfectionist.

Balenciaga did the most delicious evening clothes. Clothes aren’t delicious any more.

Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.

Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.

I always wear my sweater back-to-front; it is so much more flattering.

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.

In a Balenciaga you were the only woman in the room – no other woman existed.

No one cuts backs like he did. No one knows what a back is anymore.

Pink is the navy blue of India.

Poor, darling fellow – he died of food. He was killed by the dinner table.

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.
Quotes by Diana Vreeland

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