Diana Vreeland set the template for today’s Vogue

We were fortunate to see the Diana Vreeland documentary “The eye has to travel” last week and were quite surprised to learn that the great Vogue magazine innovator was Diana Vreeland. She was born in Paris and immigrated with her parents to the USA. She eventually became the editor of Harper’s Bazar where she introduced many new concepts to the fashion magazine. She was eventually hired by Vogue as editor  (1961-1972) and proceeded to make innovative changes such as profiling up and coming celebrities before they were known such as Mick Jagger, and the Beatles, featuring black models and ordering shots in exotic locations. She discovered Twiggy and Lauren Hutton amongst others.

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Photos from http://www.dianavreeland.com/

An interesting fact was that like the character in “The Devil loves Prada” Diana was another famous; throw your fur jacket on the secretary’s desk and make them cry at least once a day. Devoting all your waking hours to Vogue and socializing with the Avant Garde takes it toile on your family. Her children wanted a typical mother and felt they really missed out, even today. If you get an opportunity to see “Diana Vreeland-The eye must travel” and note all the innovations she introduced to Vogue which Anna Wintour, the present Vogue editor, has continued to this day.

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