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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
Called the “High Priestess of Fashion,” Diana Vreeland (1903–1989) was an American original whose impact on fashion and style was legendary. Beginning in 1936, when she became a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Vreeland established herself as a controversial visionary with an astonishing ability to invent and discover fashion ideas, designers, personalities, and photogra ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Excellent coffee book that goes along with the documentary of the same name. I can not get enough of Diana Vreeland and her amazing life. The pictures in this book reflect her times at Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. A great nostalgic look at some of her most famous fashion spreads. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion history. I truly believe that Vreeland understood the ridiculousness and sublime aspect of the fashion world without ever taking it serious.
For those new to the story of Diana Vreeland, this is a great way in. It's not a full bio, just a reflection on her years working for Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and the Met Costume Institute with tons of photos. Basically an overview of her years working in visual design and inventing the job of magazine editor. It's one-sided as hell but that's OK for a book of this type.