The moment I’ve been waiting for has finally come! Last March, I blogged about the Diana Vreeland documentary The Eye Has To Travel and the infamous office memos she wrote during her reign as editor in chief of Vogue magazine. I discovered that some years ago, Visionaire Magazine published a collection of said memos in their Issue 37, and I’d only been able to find a handful of them online. With the issue itself being incredible rare and selling for hundreds of dollars, I thought, how great would it be if someone published all of her memos. What a great book that would make! Well it finally happened, today you can buy Memos: The Vogue Years and I couldn’t be more excited to get my hands on a copy.
Vreeland’s official site writes, “Memos offers an extraordinary compilation of more than 250 pieces of Vreeland’s personal correspondence—most published here for the first time, and personally selected by Vreeland’s grandson, Alexander Vreeland. Her vibrant letters to photographers, including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Norman Parkinson, and Snowdon, explain the genesis of some of Vogue’s most celebrated stories. Photographs from the magazine illustrate the memos, showing Vreeland’s boundless imagination, prescience, and ability to elicit inspiration when assigning photographers work. While her memos and letters to and about designers—Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino Garavani, Guccio Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Diane von Furstenberg—give the reader an intimate education in fashion.”
V Magazine published a collection of her memos online here.
You can see more below.
The year of the ribbon (above).
In celebration of the book’s release, Bergdorf Goodman created a beautiful window installation at their store here in NYC, and I took a few pictures below. The pictures don’t truly do the windows justice, so if you’re in NYC, stop by Bergdorfs this week and see them in person!
Ugh this woman!
Before Anna Wintour there was Diana Vreeland, she essentially created the role of fashion editor in today’s fashion magazines. She really was such an inspiring and modern woman. Watch her documentary and then pick up this book.
You won’t be disappointed. Get into it!