High Priestess of Allure, Empress of Fashion

DiVreeall quotes from the movie. photos from here

Among the women I find truly inspiring, refreshing and outright original are Diana Vreeland. I have heard her name now and again, but it wasn’t until I watched the TV documentary series Moderedaktørens Dagbog, I got intrigued. I googled her and learnt about the documentary  The Eye Has to Travel. And luckily the DVD came with the January edition of Vogue Deutschland.

I think you should do yourself a favour and watch it asap. I mean it. The documentary is a tour de force of fashion. The images are to die for. A feast the eyes. If you thought Anna Wintour was the original editor-in-chief, think again. Diana Vreeland is king (or queen)! She is way too much and at the same time just right. Out of this world. True inspiration.

Others have described Vreeland as being “the sound of madness and surprise”, “my brilliant crazy aunt who just exploded with imagination”, and “giving energy and pep to anything she touched”.

As I watched the film, I often had to pause it because so many brilliant things were said, that I simply had to write down. I got so inspired by her and work, which is safe to say was her, that I knew I needed to write a post about her, so others could get to know about her and watch the documentary.

She said so many memorable things. Here are a few of my favorite DV quotes:

“I certainly didn’t learn anything at school. My education was the world.”

“Why don’t you paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys nursery, so they won’t  grow up with a provincial point of view?”

“I mean … This world without a leopard – who would want to be here?”

“Style is everything. It helps you get up in the morning. It helps you get down the stairs. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody.”

“A new dress doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s the life your’e living in the dress.”

“Your’e not supposed to give people what they want. You are supposed to give them what they don’t know they want yet.”

“You’ve got to give people what they can’t get at home. Give’m something that will just make them travel in their minds.”

“Think about rhythm in writing. A pause. A clash. An explosion.”

“I shall die very young. Maybe 70. Maybe 80. Maybe 90. But I shall be very young.”


Diana Vreeland died in 1989. 86 years old, young at soul.


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