I love this book!! Remember, these memos were not written to shock the general public but rather her business colleagues. How she articulates her vision is priceless. I bought this book last week and since then, I pick it up once or twice a day and read one entry each time. I’m trying to stretch out the enjoyment.


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  1. Freya - Fashionable People

    November 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Vreeland was a genius, this looks like such an interesting read!


  2. Gabrielle

    November 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I ordered this book a couple if days ago, but I have to be patient…. here in Switzerland it will be available in approximately one month…..


      November 4, 2013 at 7:13 am

      What a coincidence! at the moment I am reading Diana Vreeland’s biography, “Empress of Fashion” which I am loving. Her story is absolutely amazing. I strongly recommend it.

      Today on the blog, my sketches for the latest collection


      Best xx
      from London

  3. Anonymous

    November 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I think she was fantastic!

  4. Big M

    November 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Have added this book to my Amazon ‘wish list.’ Many thanks, Scott.

  5. Fashion Snag

    November 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Gotta get this!


  6. daphne

    November 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Now I’m very interested on this book. It looks very inspiring and I got very curious.

  7. Judith

    November 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

  8. milex

    November 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I think it’s spectacular!

  9. [email protected], INC.

    November 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    She had that thing, that innate thing. Who else could articulate such a small but all-important detail this way?

  10. nico

    November 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    That is pretty offensive, actually. I hate the trend of people throwing around the word ‘gypsy’ to describe a costume or fashion. This antiquated and racist text from an old publication should be forgotten, not reblogged online to spread the ignorance . . . .

    • Mimi

      November 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I cannot agree with you more.
      I am a former Conde Nast staffer. I love Scott, adore this site, love and greatly admire style and frequently, fashion. But Diana Vreeland! As she said in George Plimpton and Jean Stein’s marvelous 1980s bio-memoir of Edie Sedgewick, “She had beautiful skin. But then, I’ve never known a drug addict who didn’t.” Oh really? God, I have. Vreeland’s airy allusion to “gypsies” belies her ignorance of the suffering and genocidal — and then very recent — history of the Roma people. Her penchant for fantasy, while frequently charming in its place, is not worthy of veneration. Let us not make an icon of this foolish, foolish woman.

      • The Sartorialist

        November 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

        so you guys want to rewrite history also?? Maybe this is a perfect way to update this conversation.

        • Mimi

          November 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

          I would love to have a discussion on this topic. Like I said, I am a tremendous admirer of style, a long-time and vociferous reader of Vogue, Bazaar and other fashion — and home decor — magazines, and a regular reader of The Sartorialist. I’m of the age–66–at which I feel completely comfortable stopping someone on the street to tell them how terrific they look (in Washington, DC, that’s not an everyday occurrence, however….) But I have for years maintained a distance from figures like Diana Vreeland, who I know is highly placed in the pantheon of 20th century cultural figures. Chanel–brilliant–but a consort of the Germans during WWII. Andre Leon Talley? A monumental caftanned presence bemoaning a drought of beauty (or however he phrased it in “The September Issue.”) There is a profound disconnect between fashion (which, I absolutely understand, is necessarily rooted to a large measure in fantasy) and the world in which it lives. I’m not suggesting that photo shoots be located in refugee camps (although the NYT Magazine and other sophisticated pubs have tried to put fashion in such a visual context–with disturbing and tasteless results).
          I’m not a raging buzz kill; I just want us to keep perspective. It’s only clothes.
          One of the reasons why I admire Scott and love this site is his brilliant recognition of the human in the outfit. The panache. the daring, the delicacy, the humor, the resourcefulness, the individual expression in every shot he takes.
          God rest Miss Vreeland. Let’s just not build a shrine over her grave.

          • yoli

            November 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

            Mimi, I just wanted to send my appreciation for your comment, especially your last line!

            I think it is important to admire the contributions of the people you mentioned, but to also not forget that they were human with shortcomings and flaws as well. It is unfair to deny that brilliant people can do terrible things. We erase their humanity and turn them into caricatures, and also turn them into untouchable role models. How discouraging to future geniuses!

    • Martine

      November 10, 2014 at 3:40 am

      As an actual half Romani myself, I can honestly say that there is no problem at all. The word gypsy is no insult to anyone of my heritage, not an insult to others that might get called Gypsy such as Kale or Travelers. And the idea that it may go to describe clothing traditionally associated with Romani doesn’t offend in the slightest. Before assuming something, at least ask someone in that group. My sister comments on here as well, and will likely say the same if she notices, she is full blooded Rom.

  11. Ernesto

    November 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm


  12. Elena

    November 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Looks like an amazing read at gloomy fall days! I’m intrigued now, and definitely going to check it out! Thank you for the inspiration!

  13. Alex

    November 2, 2013 at 2:28 am

    I’m interested. What is this book called exactly, and would I find it on Amazon?

  14. Mafalda

    November 2, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Wow, this is amazing, and so is the picture!
    Mafalda ❤

  15. Anna

    November 2, 2013 at 3:52 am

    The photo is so beautiful,


  16. sandy

    November 2, 2013 at 5:08 am

    J’adore all the colors of the picture, it is so joyful, and also she seems to dance like an Indian in the American desert :)

    New on Taimemode:

    Jumper worn as a dress!



  17. Clara Li

    November 2, 2013 at 6:22 am

    It is cool! I’ll search to find it!

  18. Fiona Campbell Photography

    November 2, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Diana Vreeland is brilliant. I love the way she was so clear and to the point about fashion. One for the Christmas list.

  19. bella

    November 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Hi Scott,

    There was no one like her then, and no one like her now.
    She understood fashion, and it wasn’t about shock value like certain fashion editors, nor was it all her. It was about bringing beautiful things to the world.

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    November 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

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  21. Kate Bentley

    November 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

    It’s like reading her mind.. x

  22. Marta

    November 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’ve seen plenty of gypsies whose skirts hit the floor with no visible ankle bone, Guess they weren’t Vogue gypsies. And I guess this is why Vreelnd was Vreeland!!

  23. Maya

    November 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book and I must say that I really like that pic!


  24. Denisa

    November 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    That book looks really inetersting and she was perfect in fashion.


  25. Heather

    November 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I will be placing my order soon…

  26. annamaria potamiti

    November 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Brilliant! I have to find this book!

  27. zaena

    November 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Sounds fascinating- must be great to see snippets of her thoughts.

  28. Whatisinmyworld

    November 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Did you the Diana Vreeland documentary, The Eye has to Travel? It is amazing and the windows at bergdorfs in honor if the book were spectacular also. Diane Vreeland is such an inspiration.

  29. milex

    November 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  30. Christina

    November 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Wow, how wonderful to be able to jump into the mind of someone so great. I need this book!


  31. irene laura

    November 3, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I knoww it is great!!!


  32. Jeanne

    November 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I keep looking for the “Like” button on some of these posts as if it were FB. Love Diana Vreeland! The recent documentary about her was brilliant.

  33. Taipei Style

    November 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Great choice!


  34. jung t.

    November 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    we miss you scott, hope things are going well :)

  35. Chahrazad

    November 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Looks like a great book.


  36. Marsha Carlin

    November 4, 2013 at 4:40 am

    In 1956 Vreeland said, “Shocking pink is the Navy Blue of India”, and having just returned from there yesterday….it is STILL true….how accurate she was.

  37. Kate Challis

    November 4, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Love Mr Dore!

  38. alessia sica

    November 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

    This book is genial, i love Vreeland

    The New Art of Fashion

  39. masaj salonları

    November 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    yes good article

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