Diana Vreeland Quotes: The Eye Has to Travel
I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me — projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give them what they never knew they wanted. (Diana Vreeland)
Between Paris, New York and London, Diana always enjoyed moving into big things—whether they were cities or ideas. She hated meetings but loved the noisy jewellery around her employees’ necks to know where they were at all times. There were no impossible quests for the icon whose surname confirms it. The path chosen was the risky one with adventure, tenacity and strong will. Between the creativity that surrounded her, she was a reference in the fashion world for her editorials and columns in magazines of her field. In the poem of her life, every word she used combined elegance and style; she was a true trendsetter in her own independent and revolutionary way. For some, she was quite unattractive but for others, especially her admirers around the world, she was inspiring and exquisite. Fifty years in this field is a long way but the rhythm of her journey was always intense.
Since the day she accepted the job as Fashion Editor in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine the readers began feeling chills run along their skin. It was impossible not to. The approach she gave to reports changed them completely. The accessories, clothes and fabrics almost flew into the pages. The details and style of writing were so real and lush that pieces became even closer to readers. Even today, the trends are still remarkable and her fashion’s taste is almost immortal. From Bazaar to Vogue, 25 years later, Diana’s work continues to be strong and well admired. In those years everybody knew it: there was no one like her. Wacky and peculiar, she used to say that “without emotion, there’s no beauty” which is why she wanted to captivate people with her words’ cadence and her selections.
Her personality and influence started to shape the real world, changing ordinary things into glamorous and exotic inspirations. Visionary and tough, Diana wrote her history and left her heritage, which still echoes today. Vogue is one of the most important fashion magazines, especially because of her dedication and the other icons like Twiggy, Barbra Streisand and others. Without her signature, it would not be the same. Through her hidden beauty as able to emerge and the fashion atmosphere was unforgettably enriched. Long after her death, in 1989, her words and references are still recalled mainly through the fabulous editions of Glamour and The Eye Has to Travel, the latest launched by Diana’s daughter Lisa Vreeland in 2011.