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