Diana Vreeland after Diana Vreeland by Maria Luisa Frisa

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Some of the narrative is painstakingly detailed in its retelling, and some of it might tend to be a bit scholarly in tone, but no matter how you read this book you leave with a smile...
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The fashion exhibitionist: an insightful look at Vreeland’s iconic life. One of the legenday figures of the fashion world, Vreeland began her career at Harper’s Bazaar, where her monthly column, "Why Don’t You?," dared her readers to take control of their lives, take risks, and live dreams they didn’t even know they had. Her talented eye introduced us to the new beauties of the 1960s: Twiggy, Anjelica Huston, Marisa Berenson and Lauren Hutton. In collaboration with the twentieth century’s major photographers—Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Horst P. Horst, Bert Stern, Lord Snowdon—Vreeland paved the way for a revolutionary transformation of fashion and photography. During her leadership of Vogue, the magazine became a vehicle destined to open the eyes of people from all walks of life. The book is divided into four sections dedicated to Vreeland’s origins and her taste; to her homes and the development of her style; to the magazine years; and finally to the years spent as consultant at the Met.
 

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Maria Luisa Frisa is a fashion critic and the curator of the Fondazione Pitti Discovery. She is director of the graduate course in fashion design at the IUAV University in Venice. Her latest book is Italian Fashion Now (Marsilio, 2011). Judith Clark is senior research fellow and codirector of the master's course in fashion at the London College of Fashion. She has curated major exhibitions, including Anna Piaggi: Fashion-ology (London) and Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back (Antwerp).
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Marsilio. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jeffrey Felner on Sep 04 2012

Some of the narrative is painstakingly detailed in its retelling, and some of it might tend to be a bit scholarly in tone, but no matter how you read this book you leave with a smile...

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