Happy – Go – Lucky Book Review. “D.V.” by Diana Vreeland.
by Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts
In the fashion world Diana Vreeland needs no introduction whatsoever. The fashion editor of “Harper’s Baazar”, the editor-in-chief of “Vogue” and later on a special consultant to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not to mention a legend.
Diana Vreeland memoir makes an amazing reading, especially that her life was filled with the most prominent personas of a century, full of extravagant parties, exotic travels and incredible gowns, being always in a close proximity to the most significant events from the history of the twentieth century.
Born in Paris in 1903, Vreeland was a witty observer, who witnessed the dawn of La Belle Epoque, craziness of the roaring twenties, second World War, fashion revolution of 50ties and 60ties, through changes happening in the 70ties and the 80ties. Diana Vreeland, the grande dame of fashion, died in 1989. Through her long and exciting life, Vreeland made a huge contribution to the modern fashion, influencing it with her inimitable style and being an inspiration for designers, fashion journalists and thousands of fashion admirers.
Diana Vreeland has a strong voice and even stronger opinions. Her monologues are filled with anecdotes, personal memories, reflections on fashion and life. It is never nostalgic, but vibrant, self confident, brave and completely overwhelming.
To me “D.V.” is by far one of the most captivating memoirs I have ever read. The only problem is that 196 pages is not nearly enough, as I felt like I could be equally amazed and captured for many more pages.