I just went to see an extraordinary fashion documentary on the legendary (this is actually an understatement) fashion editor Diana Vreeland. Way before the Annas, Carine and Francesca, the original ‘Devil-wears-Prada’ was Diana. More like an inventor than simply the editor of Harpers Bazaar, then Vogue, then later the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She envisioned fashion like no other and could see what people could become before they knew it themselves. History has to thank her for the successes of countless models and celebs from the Beatles to Jackie Kennedy to Veruschka. Everything was fantastical and ‘madly’ beautiful in her head, her photoshoots continue to inspire and enchant her contemporaries even 50 years later. Diana famously said:
“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.”
Diana’s incredible style was courtesy of her privileged upbringing in Paris in the 20s during the Belle Epoch, the epitome of fashion and luxury in the 20th century. Something Diana experienced during her childhood really resonated with me: being dubbed ‘ugly’ as a child. I think this ‘blessing in disguise’ was probably what propelled her to become the ‘Empress of Fashion’. I am so thankful to have started 2013 with this incredible film that has utterly reshaped my thinking. Not convinced? Have a squiz at the trailer…and head to the pictures! Wishing you a joyous weekend!
“Style—all who have it share one thing: originality.”- Diana Vreeland