“No one—no one is like her because Mrs. Vreeland had no ego and unfortunately, there’s too many people today that do,” Lisa Immordino Vreeland told Style.com at Barneys New York last night, where she was celebrating her new tome on the “high priestess of fashion,” Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.
The author was joined by several visionaries in their own rights, including Grace Mirabella, Calvin Klein, and Simon Doonan. “The first day she came into the Met Costume Institute when I was there, in 1985, she came charging into the room wearing these big grosgrain rosettes and she struck a pose,” Doonan said as he re-enacted the scene. “She was so beautiful; she loved fashion so much and understood how it fit into history.”
Lisa worked hard to capture intimate moments, like the one Doonan recalled, in the 50 years of Vreeland’s glamorous life she chronicles in the book. “I went through 26 years of Bazaar, nine years at Vogue, and all the slides of shows at the Costume Institute,” Vreeland said. “The most challenging was cutting down the images—I could have done a book of 500 pages, at least.”
In the fall, watch as Vreeland’s legacy come to life when the film adaption of the book hits the big screen.
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