Sunday, 4 November 2012

'The eye has to travel' Diana Vreeland

'A Garden in Hell' she describes as her living room. After recently watching The eye has to travel, a documentary about Editor of Harpers Bazaar and Vogue, Diana Vreeland. I as many others were, was able to get a close insight into the life of Diana Vreeland and those of her friends and family. Born in Paris in 1903, she grew up as a teenager in the magical, roaring twenties, 'The Belle Epoque', she loved dancing, the romance that surrounded it and this inspired her. Almost distracting her from the treatment of her mother who would continuously call her ugly. While she may not have been the most attractive she created beauty in all her work and could spot the rarest of beauty. Once saying a racehorse 'has great style'. She loved racehorses. Mrs Vreeland was "mad about working" and ran the budgets up at Harpers Bazaar with her crazy, yet beautiful editorials, she was eccentric, a socialite, for her "money is vital". Obsessed with work, others suffered at her determination and extravagant ideas, she would often leave her assistants crying at the end of the day. She was a controversial character, but who cares for she discovered Lauren Bacall and championed the Bikini and Denim. Mrs Vreeland's column in Harpers Bazaar was called 'Why don't you', a favourite of mine. The column featured the most outlandish suggestions but that wasn't the point, the point was to dream. Some suggestions included; Why don't you paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view? Why don't you bring back from Central Europe a huge white baroque porcelain stove to stand in your front hall? Why don't you wear violet velvet mittens with everything? Genius. 

Who else thinks a petition should be made to bring back 'Why don't you'?


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