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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Ok, so, I picked up this book because it was mentioned in the movie To Wong Foo and I thought, "Well this better be fabulous!"
Boi was fabulous an understatement! Why can't I give this book 6 stars?!?!
This is one of the few books where I can agree with all of the fluffy praise quotes peppering the cover LOL
A simply gorgeous work, Diana Vreeland is a fabulous, fabulous woman! Such taste! Such elegance! Such style! This is a MUST READ for everyone that wants an example of a true lady!
D.V. isn't just about clothes and decorating. While admittingly not a feminist, Mrs. Vreeland is obviously an independent, determined, disciplined woman who is, if not a role model, an inspiration to all!
God, I can't even put into words the qualities of this book that are just overwhelmingly fabulous! Its like anything full of good taste (although, as Diana points out, alittle bad taste is needed sometimes, its NO taste that's truly revolting) and true elegance, it leaves one feeling better about themselves and the world around them.
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Format: Paperback
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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Ms. Vreeland shares her life story using a collection ( not a SERIES--there is no organization to her tales and it WORKS !)of anecdotes and observations that make you rethink your perspective on the world around us. Along the way you begin to piece the fractured bits together and find a stained-glass mural that shows the rich colors and attention to detail that form the rose-colored glasses she, so conspicuously, chooses to accesorize her view of life. The joy she finds from things that strike out at conventional tastes is almost evangelical..Before the third chapter you begin to wonder what ever happened to men who tipped their fedoras to a passing lady or the custom of DRESSING for dinner. You also discover that, beneath the veneer of a trend-hopping fashionista, you are discovering a woman who savors even the smallest details of life as if they were beluga roe or the breezes near the jasmine hedges on the clifftop gardens of the Mediterranean. You will laugh out loud and you'll catch yourself in a nostalgia for a more glamorous era when being on a "best-dressed" list meant you had more than just a lot of money to throw at the salespeople on Madison Avenue. She tells of fitting sessions ( FOR HER NIGHTGOWNS !) and the spring collections between her tangents that lament the demise of "fringe". Some may call her shallow and ungrounded but I think she is " a bit of 'all right' ".I have a first edition hardback that I use to escape the modern world when I have seen too many baseball caps worn backwards that day. The book was the basis for the off-Broadway play "Full Gallop" and is essential for anyone who forgets that fashion, beauty, glamour, and enormous style are the four basic food groups of living "out loud". Pay attention and read every word because the text is peppered with phrases that will become part of your lexicon if you know the difference between 'taupe' and 'beige'.
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By BoyWonder19 on January 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
After years of work, scientists have finally discovered the cause of homosexuality. It's not your genes, it's not your parents, it's not your hypothalamus...it's this book. The first paragraph hooks you, and the rest of the book takes care of the rest. If you're not shrieking and yearning to redecorate by the time you reach lines like "Pink is the navy blue of India," then you're either illiterate or John Wayne. Plimpton's oral history style gives the book a wonderful rambling spontaneity. A brilliant account of the brilliant life of one of the century's towering cultural figures and fabulists.
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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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