Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to the Harpers BAZAAR showing of the new Diana Vreeland documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel at the Como cinema in South Yarra. Known for her extravagant behaviour and endlessly, quotable way with words, Vreeland captivated the fashion world with her unqiue sense of style and personality and its perfectly captured in this grippling piece directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland; the wife of Vreelands grandson, Alexander. Known as the woman who introduced glamour, aspiratrion and ideas into the lives of women, legendary fashion photographer Richard Avedon says Vreeland "was and still remains the only genuis fashion editor" ecplising the likes of Wintour, Bailey, Shulman and Coddington. Her career began with the tongue in cheek Why Dont You...? column in the US editon of Harpers BAZAAR and later become Editor In Chief of US Vogue and reinvigorated interest in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute.
She was a fascinating character and there is so much to learn about the woman. Recently Harpers BAZAAR ran a little piece on Vreeland and gave us, the readers 15 interesting facts about the superstar that was Mrs. Vreeland and if I didnt love her already, her declaration that peanut butter being the great invention since Christianity certainly will. Check out below a few highlights from that piece.
- The Pillows in her home were infused with perfume using hypodermic needles.
- She always had her dollar bills and tissues ironed before putting them in her handbag.
- She ate the same lunch everyday, a wholewheat peanut butter and marmalade sandwich, washed down with scotch.
- She rarely left her home before noon, often conducting serious business from her tub.
- She was an avid reader and her favorite book was Moby Dick.
- Paris' Hotel De Crillon reserved her bed linens for her frequent visits.
Check out Diane Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel at all great cinemas now and 15 Things You Didnt Know About Diane Vreeland from the November issue of Australian Harpers BAZAAR.