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!
[spoiler title=”中文版”]我刚去看一部电影，时装记录片，Diana Vreeland的传记。在任何著名的时尚编辑以先，Diana是天下无双。更象一名发明家，她原在Harpers Bazaar 然后Vogue杂志做总编，最后因着她，一手将Metropolitan艺术博物馆变成今天世界上那么著名的景点。她脑海里设想的时装是级美的，几乎象梦幻。她见人，能立刻看出人的潜力。是Diana帮助名人 (Jackie Kennedy),音乐家（披头士乐队），模特 （Twiggy)，演员(Barbara Streisand),服装设计师（YSL) 变成明星。Diana指导的相片直到今天（有些连五十年后）仍然激励并使人迷住。她说过：
Diana难以置信的风格是由她小时候在二十年代在巴黎出生，长大，那段时期，“百丽时代”算是二十世纪中最富有魅力的. 我能和她共鸣的是: 她从小就被人称为“丑”。但有可能这个“化装的祝福” 促使她成为历史上的“世上皇后”。我非常感谢能在2013年的黎明就看一部那么鼓舞人心的电影。她的一生真重塑了我的思维。不相信吗？请看以下的电影预告片，并去电影院！祝你过个美丽的周末！[/spoiler]
“Style—all who have it share one thing: originality.”- Diana Vreeland