DIANA VREELAND’S SE­CRETS

The iconic fash­ion ed­i­tor and sub­ject of a new doc­u­men­tary, Diana Vreeland never ceases to as­tound. By Lisa Im­mordino Vreeland

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Unique and ex­tremely ta­lented— BAZAAR’s leg­endary ed­i­tor at her self best

When I mar­ried Alexan­der Vreeland, I had never imag­ined that I would spend three years doc­u­ment­ing his leg­endary grand­mother—mag­a­zine ed­i­tor, tastemaker, fash­ion icon—but I was driven by the idea of hon­our­ing her uniquely cre­ative ge­nius. Dur­ing her 26-year ten­ure at Harper’s BAZAAR (1936-1962), Diana didn’t just clothe women; she pre­sented them with as­pi­ra­tions, artful ideas, and the pos­si­bil­ity of a more glam­orous self. “She was and re­mains the only ge­nius fash­ion ed­i­tor,’’ Richard Ave­don said af­ter her death in 1989. I in­ter­viewed more than 60 peo­ple for my doc­u­men­tary, The Eye Has To Travel, in­clud­ing her two sons, Tim and Fred­er­ick. And my hus­band and his brother, Ni­cholas, shared won­der­ful childhood mem­o­ries of time spent with their “Non­ina.” If there was one com­mon thread, it was that Diana’s vi­sion in­spired peo­ple to push for­ward in their own lives. I dis­cov­ered many in­ter­est­ing things about her dur­ing my re­search. Here are 15 of them. 1 Her pil­lows were in­jected with per­fume The pil­lows in her home were in­fused with per­fume via hy­po­der­mic nee­dles.

2 Mrs Simp­son bought her lin­gerie Be­fore be­com­ing a fash­ion ed­i­tor, Diana had a lin­gerie shop in Lon­don. Leg­end has it that Wal­lis Simp­son se­duced Ed­ward, then Prince of Wales, while wear­ing one of Diana’s night­gowns. “Mom’s store brought down the Bri­tish Em­pire,” her son Fred­er­ick once joked. She of­ten had her own night­gowns tai­lored, with up to three fit­tings on a sin­gle one.

3 Her dol­lar bills were ironed She al­ways had her dol­lar bills and her tis­sues ironed be­fore putting them in her hand­bag.

4 Her lunch never changed She ate the same lunch ev­ery day: a whole-wheat peanut but­ter-and-marmalade sand­wich, washed down with scotch. “Peanut but­ter is the great­est in­ven­tion since Chris­tian­ity,” she said.

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