So the recent Diana Vreeland posts have really been a teaser for the next contest.
For those of you unfamiliar, Diana Vreeland was a fashion editor and writer at Harper’s Bazaar from 1937-1963 and later the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue from 1963-1971, after her editorial career she became a consultant to The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If you haven’t yet, you have to find a copy of DV, Diana Vreeland’s autobiography, written in 1984. For fashion fans it is a fantastic glimpse of real chic in the last century, . It was the first book I read when I moved to New York twenty years ago and it helped me see fashion and Manhattan in a fantastic new light.
Ms. Vreeland was also the inspiration for the character of Maggie Prescott in Fred Astaire’s ( as Richard Avedon) movie Funny Face. Remember the famous “Think Pink!” musical number…pure DV!
She was also the creator of the wildly popular “Why don’t you…” column, which she began for Harper’s Bazzar in 1937. I love the complete whimsy of these suggestions, they seem over-the-top and crazy, but at the same time they kinda/sorta make sense. What you have to remember is that the suggestions were based in reality, but it was Diana Vreeland’s reality!
So, the idea of this contest is to update “Why don’t you…” with a modern twist.
Maybe focus on the things that were not around at Ms. Vreelands time; the iPhone, Internet or the modern-day celebrity or just something in everyday modern life that we can all relate to but just a little crazier…..surprise us!
Please put “Vreeland Contest” in the subject line.
I will post the top submissions on the blog.
The contest will be open fron now until April 12th.