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“Memos tells the story of this transformation through fascinating and witty personal correspondence, many containing amendments in Vreeland's own distinctive and fantastic handwriting. This really is the perfect book for any individual looking for personal and behind-the-scenes insight in to the world of fashion publishing, and where better to begin with the legend that is Diana Vreeland!” -Political Style

"The whip-smart mind, devil-may-care whimsy, explosive imagination and sheer fashion genius that were hers are the heart of Memos... If you are a lover of fashion, you need this book. But the same is true if you love to hate fashion and its menagerie of human grotesqueries." -New York Post

"...it was a delight to read...the book is a wonderful oddity…" -SFluxe.com

"The terrain mapped in Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years is not a physical one. Instead, it's the landscape of the fancifully creative mind of one of the greatest fashionistas and editrices of the 20th century. Not only do we get the specifics of Vreeland's taste-- but there are also revealing letters and dashed-off notes from one of the most forceful personalities of the last century." -1stDibs

"Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years is an extraordinary compilation of more than 250 pieces of the iconic editor's personal correspondence. Her delightful, expressive language shines in the pages of this book, which includes her notes to Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Cristobal Balenciaga and Coco Chanel." -Brides.com

“Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years is a serious examination of what made this genius tick on a day to day basis when it came to her work…and when it comes to her Vogue years, to say that the reader gets a behind the scenes look at the machinations and mechanics of how Mrs. Vreeland steered that ship is an understatement. Having read quite a few books about La Vreeland, it is safe to say that this volume provides an exceptionally personal and single-minded view that focuses on her incredibly and all-consuming views of fashion and contemporary culture. The Diana Vreeland Memos exposes the reader to Ms. Vreeland’s micromanaging style at Vogue as well as her irreverence, her humor, her visionary ideas, her quirks, her codes, her politesse, and most of all her unique talents.” -NY Journal of Books

“This fall’s must-read is Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years.” -Architectural Digest

“…this new collection is a must-read. She talks about various designer collections, discusses ideas with her photographers, and shares a fashion philosophy that is to die.” -Archetypes

"...we get a peek inside the editor's method to her creativity, flights of fancy and even madness. By reading Vreeland's typewritten memos, one is given a colorful take on how fashion has evolved, on how some of the industry's most iconic images were conceived and produced...serves as a recording of fashion history from one of the icons who shaped it the most." -Forbes

“The terrain mapped in Diana Vreeland Memos is not a physical one. Instead, it’s the landscape of the fancifully creative mind of one of the greatest fashionistas and editrices of the 20th century.” -1st Dibs

Memos is surprisingly appealing as an intimate look into the frivolity, vision and creativity of Vreeland’s Vogue.” –Book Page

About the Author

Alexander Vreeland is the grandson of Diana Vreeland and president of the Diana Vreeland Estate. Polly Mellen was a fashion editor at Vogue for twenty-five years. Grace Mirabella was Vogue’s editor in chief from 1971 to 1988. Susan Train is the Paris bureau chief of Condé Nast Publications.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847840743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847840748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle B. Braverman on April 16, 2014
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I love Diana Vreeland and have gobbled up books about her, her autobiography and the delightful film, "The Eye Has to Travel". The memos are not much more than interesting curiosities. She never intended them to be published so don't have the polish of her "Why Don't You" columns in Bazaar. They are a bit repetitious and become a little tiresome. I can only imagine the recipients groaning, "Oh no, not another one" when a memo landed on their desks. Of course they had to humor her and tone down some of her wildest requests for reality's sake. At best she comes across like a dreamer. The book itself is coffee table lavish and nicely produced— all style, no substance. I don't thinks Mrs. Vreeland would approve.
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I'll admit it, I've always wanted to know the world that the stars in fashion is like. This book is really great. The only drawback is I so wish I would have known Diana Vreeland personally, what a fascinating person, the likes of who we will never see again.
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I loved 'The Eye Has To Travel', and her biog 'DV', and she was a fabulous, gifted, unique character, no doubt about that. Albeit a nutty one. But this is quite different because there's no editor involved. So it's revealing, and not always in a flattering way. It's no secret that she had very little formal education, and the spelling errors, the complete lack of basic grammar, and her off the planet pronouncements get tiresome very quickly. Some of what she dashes off makes no sense at all. Which is all part of the fun of her of course, but you do start to get the feeling after page after page of this, that her tongue wasn't in her cheek when she wrote some of this absurd, fantastical stuff - she believed it. So we're getting a glimpse here into the reasons why she must have driven her staff to distraction, in spite of her inspirational brilliance. And why she made some of them angry. Vogue always came into our house, so I remember most of the photos well, and they're great. And what you see here is exactly what they looked like. Digital printing has made massive leaps in image quality. How quickly time races by. But if you love her, this is the real thing - and the real thing must have been a handful. Probably best taken in small doses.
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Irrepressible! Mrs. Vreeland was a true self-created wonder...unique is inadequate. A great "companion" book to the many others on the market, as well as the film-bio. I recommend it highly!
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Really interesting and also satisfies my eavesdropping sensibility. A truly original person is always fascinating. And getting to read her thoughts and afterthoughts is great. An interesting approach to show actual memos she wrote complete with handwritten details.
The only caveat was the physical construction of the book-it started to warp after a week or so and now looks a little funky and cover doesn't close. Hence the 4 stars-but a 5 for content.
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Vreeland's personality and crisp writing aside, this is a great lens into the day-to-day concerns and issues encountered when running a fashion publication in the 1960s. It is also a good study of how vision can be communicated from the top down in such a way as to provide latitude for staff members to do their best--leaving room for both smashing success and real failure. Recommended.
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Love this woman, her way with the written word and this is wonderful collection of notes and letters from the desk of a one-of-a-kind talent.

A great gift and coffee table piece to peruse here and there.
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Wonderful book, very humorous quotes which gives you a deeper understanding of the industry and era. More enjoyable if you saw the movie biography on Vreeland.
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