Shes Diana Vreeland.
The celebrated editor (US editions of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar), curator and bon vivant defined her own legend in Allure and DV. Now, shes the subject of three new explorations: a coffee table book, a documentary, and an exhibition at Venices Fortuny Museum, opening in March 2012.
The book and documentary are the products of three years of effort by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, DVs granddaughter-in-law. The documentary contains film clips of Vreelands life, excerpts from televised interviews with Andy Warhol, and insights from Richard Avedon, David Bailey and Anjelica Huston
She had a life that was rich with so many different experiences, Immordino Vreeland, who believes that the only two great books about Vreeland are those that Vreeland herself wrote, told WWD
. People need to know what this life was about.
Vreeland was born in Paris and lived between London and New York for most of her life. During her years as a young bride in London, she ran a lingerie shop with a scandalous clientele: One day Wallis Simpson came into the shop and ordered three nightgowns for a very special weekend. She was off to a rendezvous with Edward, the new King of England, and the rest is history, Vreeland wrote. She only entered the magazine world after Carmel Snow, then the editor of Harpers Bazaar, saw Vreeland dancing at the St. Regis. The rest is fashion history.
Immordino Vreeland said that the fact she never met her subject made the project more manageable. So did access and enthusiasm for the project from Vreelands former employers, Hearst, Conde Nast and the Costume Institute.
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