Mrs. Diana Vreeland is widely credited with taking Vogue magazine, then a society ladies magazine, giving tips about pleasing your man and how to cook pies, and turning it into a fashion bible all about clothes and culture.
She gave the people what they didn’t even know they wanted. She launched the career of Twiggy, reportedly published the first picture of Mick Jagger in a fashion magazine, advised Jackie Kennedy on style during her stint as first lady and even discovered Lauren Bacall during her 25 years as fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, before her time at Vogue.
Vreeland said numerous times that her drive to succeed was born from her relationship with her mother. The woman reportedly called her ”my little monster” because of her unconventional looks. Being the daughter of a society beauty and having a beautiful sister instilled in her a determination to make something of herself that she wouldn’t have had otherwise.
If you’re interested in knowing more about Vreeland, you should definitely check out the amazing 2011 documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.
It turns out that just like Coco Chanel, Vreeland was immeasurably quotable, her little truths will live on forever. Here is a selection of our favourite Diana Vreeland quotes.
“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself”.
“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.”
“Style– all who have it share one thing: originality.”
“Balenciaga was incredible…I was madly infatuated with his clothes. His clothes were devastating. One fainted. One simply blew up and died.”
“Allure is a word very few people use nowadays, but it’s something that exists. Allure holds you, doesn’t it? Whether it’s a gaze or a glance in the street or a face in the crowd or someone sitting opposite you at lunch… you are held”
“What’s extraordinary is the way everything modern fits in with everything old. It’s all a matter of combining. There’s no beginning or end there — only continuity.”
“Vulgarity is a very important ingredient in life. I’m a great believer in vulgarity- if it’s got vitality. A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste- it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”
“Style was a standard. Didn’t hurt anyone… But you gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.”
What are your favourite Diana Vreeland quotes? Do any of our favourites resonate with you? Let us know!