Empress of Fashion by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart
A Life of Diana Vreeland

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The readership of Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland is far beyond the scope of fashionistas into the genre of biography.
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Diane von Furstenberg once called Diana Vreeland a "beacon of fashion for the twentieth century." Now, in this definitive biography by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, is the story of the iconic fashion editor as you've never seen her before. From her career at the helms of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, to her reign as consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vreeland had an enormous impact on the fashion world and left a legacy so enduring that must-have style guides still quote her often wild and always relevant fashion pronouncements.

With access to Vreeland's personal material and photographs, critically acclaimed biographer Amanda Mackenzie Stuart has written the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at Diana Vreeland and her world—a jet-setting social scene that included Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Lauren Bacall, Penelope Tree, Lauren Hutton, Andy Warhol, Mick and Bianca Jagger, and the Kennedys. Filled with gorgeous color photographs of her work, Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland is an elegant and fascinating account of one of the most revered tastemakers of the 20th century.

 

About Amanda Mackenzie Stuart

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Amanda Mackenzie Stuart worked as a screenwriter and independent film producer for a number of years before publishing her first biography, the critically acclaimed Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and Mother in the Gilded Age. She lives in Oxford, England.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Harper. 443 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on Mar 01 2013

What she does in this fine biography is situate Vreeland firmly in her time and place while taking nothing away from her idiosyncratic – often downright bonkers – talent.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Jeffrey Felner on Dec 04 2012

The readership of Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland is far beyond the scope of fashionistas into the genre of biography.

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