Diana Vreeland

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Journalist(1903–1989)
As a fashion journaist who worked for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, Diana Vreeland was an influential figure in American fashion during the 20th century.

Synopsis

Born in Paris in 1903, Diana Vreeland began her career at Harper's Bazaar in 1936. Her column "Why Don't You...?" was famous for offering outlandish fashion and lifestyle tips for the times. Vreeland later became the magazine's fashion editor and established herself as one of the country's leading arbiters of style. In 1962, she joined the staff of Vogue and continued to be a powerful force in the fashion world.

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Early Life

An influential figure in American fashion during the 20th century, Diana Vreeland was born Diana Dalziel in 1903, in Paris, France. The daughter of wealthy parents, she spent her early years in France before moving to New York as a teenager.

Career at 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'Vogue'

Diana Vreeland began her career as a columnist for Harper's Bazaar in 1936. Her column "Why Don't You...?" was famous for offering outlandish fashion and lifestyle tips for the times. Few could afford in the Depression follow her advice. Moving up the editorial ladder, Vreeland became the magazine's fashion editor, a post she held until the early 1960s. At Harper's Bazaar, she established herself as one of the country's leading arbiters of style.

In 1962, Diana Vreeland joined the staff of Vogue, another influential fashion magazine, as editor in chief. At Vogue, she continued to be a powerful force in the fashion world, often able to identify the coming trends, such as the popularity of the bikini. Vreeland also worked with many well-known photographers, such as Richard Avedon, in making the magazine.

Later Roles

While she left Vogue in 1971, Diana Vreeland did not leave the fashion world. She worked as a consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, putting together fashion exhibitions. Vreeland died on August 22, 1989. Married to T. Reed Vreeland since March 1, 1924, she had two sons: Thomas R. Jr. and Frederick.

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