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“Gem of an autobiography… The book is filled with dazzling stories of style, society and success. Plus, poignant life lessons we can all learn from--even if most of us aren’t decked out in Prada.” (Real Simple)

“This title is the best possibility to “meet” the legendary icon of American fashion. It’s not a long book, which makes it the perfect beach read this summer. Your personal style will thank you!” (The Fashion List)

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Brilliant, funny, charming, imperious, Diana Vreeland—the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue—was a woman whose passion and genius for style helped define the world of high fashion for fifty years. Among her eclectic circle of friends were some of the most renowned and famous figures of the twentieth century—artists and princes, movie stars and international legends, including Chanel, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Isak Dinesen, Clark Gable, and Swifty Lazar.

Moving from English palaces to the nightclubs of 1930s Paris, the wilds of Wyoming to the exclusive venues of New York high society, D.V. takes readers into this iconic woman's dazzling life, evoking the luxury and brio of an era that encompassed Josephine Baker, England's Queen Mary, Buffalo Bill, and Diaghilev.

Vibrant with the vivid, irresistible voice that elevated every tête-à-tête and dinner party, D.V. brings this renowned and uninhibited raconteur alive, whether recalling herself as a young girl, her search for the perfect red, her piquant observations about her world, or her abhorrence for nostalgia. Like her legacy, Vreeland's story, told in her own words, is a classic to be celebrated by both loyal admirers and a new generation of culture mavens and style savants.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006202440X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Haute Literati on January 11, 2012
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Diana's voice as a great raconteur comes across the page and hits you in the face. You can hear her rhapsodize every word even though it is just written on paper. The book is in her voice. I believe she dictated the stories that were written to a typist as she spoke. It is slightly difficult to follow but that is what makes it unique. You feel as though Diana is at your dinner table, as she jumps from story to story, anecdote to anecdote. This book does not go into detail over Diana's life there are just little bits of information sprinkled lightly into the text like a light mist. She leaves you with a collection of her over the top stories rather than her autobiography. Why bore you with life when she can wow you with a tale.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzinne Barrett VINE VOICE on October 10, 2012
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Just recently searched out my original paperback (dating back to 1985 after viewing the delightful documentary "The Eye Has to Travel." Diana Vreeland was a visionary when it came to the world of fashion magazines. Her influence started at Harper's Bazaar and reached its crest during her much heralded reign - domination might be more accurate - at Vogue. Admittedly, D.V.'s style is not to everyone's liking, but I've found, and have continued to find, her personal opinions and perspective totally intoxicating and revelatory. This book is basically one long monologue that was the culmination of a series of interviews with George Plimpton. Mr. Plimpton was a master at channeling the oral into the written form. (For reference, check out Jean Stein and Mr. Plimpton's highly recommended oral biography of Edie Sedgwick, "Edie: An American Biography"). Putting all veracity aside, D.V.'s tales (some quite tall) will grab you firmly by the head and send it into one delicious spin!

Diana Vreeland was loud and sometimes vulgar, all the while being very colorful and enthusiastic. Or let's say Diana Vreeland was a lot of things, but one thing she never was: boring. High camp and quite entertaining.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Raymond A. Souza on February 18, 2012
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This must be a transcription of conversations, no, monologues, she participated in over a period of time. She describes her life and times in the most incoherent way, floating through the 20th century on a cloud of insane priorities but always winding up having done the right thing. The story is amazing, but more importantly, the book is a joy! I went from the last chapter right back to the first. "Violet, now that's a color!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tmp VINE VOICE on April 5, 2013
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I am 99% sure that most of this is complete fabrication (polishing the soles of your shoes?) but I don't care. Diana Vreeland was a fashion icon who literally changed the way that fashion was done. From putting ethnic models on the pages of Vogue to championing designers who would become legends, she is responsible for the way fashion is reported today. This book is not only a must-have for lovers of fashion, it's the best ride since "Auntie Mame."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carole Morin on January 28, 2013
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I just love the way she expresses herself and her stories bring you right there with her and Chanel, Andy Warhol or some princes in the 40's,50's and 60's. I rarely laugh outloud when reading a book and I did a few times in reading V.D. I would have love to hear her talk, she was so entertaining. Très amusant ma chère!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Michele Phillips on February 8, 2014
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It helps greatly to have seen the documentary on Diana Vreeland, because it gets the reader acclimated to her "voice." This is unlike any autobiography I have encountered--unconventional, not exactly chronological, but immensely fascinating. Reading it, you feel as though she is in the room speaking (well, pontificating, really) just to you. Vreeland was exposed to Demimonde Parisian cafe society as a child, so even at a tender age, her level of sophistication rivaled that of most adults. She seems always to have had the great, good sense to be delighted by what was new, ground-breaking and exciting in pop culture--art, artists, fashion, politics, world events. She not only possessed the "eye" but the "ear," as well. She recognized trends while they were barely gestating. The power of her personality comes through on every page. She was larger than life and may perhaps have sucked up all the oxygen in any room in which she held court. But it would no doubt have been quite a heady experience to have been privy to the insight of this amazing, 20th Century icon.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aisha Jones on February 3, 2013
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As the former editor of both Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, I thought this book would be filled with lots of career advice and a unique historical perspective on the fashion industry. Instead it is filled with personal stories and so much name dropping the book should come with the warning label "Watch For Falling Names". It is difficult to separate between fact and fiction of the stories. However, I could not help but be swept away by the people, places, and things she discusses. It has a definite Forrest Gump quality to it.

There was one of her fashion philosophies mentioned in the book that was so important that I wrote it down, "A new dress doesn't get you anywhere; it's the life you're living in the dress."

It's a good book to read if you want to be swept away, just like any good novel. Just don't get this book expecting it to be a true account of her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By morehumanthanhuman on February 2, 2014
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This is a fun and fluffy read that is best taken with a grain of salt (Vreeland herself explains that she doesn't think it is lying to make a story more interesting and many of her accounts are, frankly, not too believable). It's an overview of her life in a breezy and conversational style, best enjoyed as a way to better understand her sensibility than a chronicle of actual events.
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