She defined Jackie Kennedy’s style, discovered Lauren ‘Betty’ Bacall, partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 and was the woman who said that the bikini was bigger than the atom bomb. She was Diana Vreeland; fashion legend.
And a fascinating documentary into her astounding life and career hits UK cinemas, rather aptly, on 21 September, slap bang in the middle of London Fashion Week. The director is Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Diana’s granddaughter-in-law who still refers to her as ‘Mrs Vreeland.’ Amazing.
One of the fashion world’s most celebrated journalists, Diana’s incredible career spanned 25 years at Harpers Bazaar between 1937 and 1962, and nine years at Vogue until 1971. Famed for her love of fashion, art and society – and merging them all together – Diana became more synonymous with the sixties then The Beatles and mini-skirts.
The film’s trailer tells us that this is one film we’ll be queuing up to see. Anna Sui, Angelica Houston, Calvin Klein are just some of the names that wax lyrical about the star. ‘She saw things in people before she saw it in themselves,’ announces Diane von Furstenberg, proudly.
Diana defined generations of fashion, collaborating with Twiggy, Cher, Barbara Streisand and countless others. She merged fashion, art and society and was the first person to publish a picture of Mick Jagger in a fashion magazine.
‘I wasn’t A fashion editor, I was the ONE AND ONLY fashion editor,’ she proudly states.
We can’t argue with that.