Diana Vreeland’s memos are a wonderful read. As her grandson writes in the introduction: “Nonina would sit there for hours, dressed in a bathrobe, chain-smoking Lucky Strikes while she dictated memos and letters to her secretaries at Vogue.”
It is such fun to read these memos. On April 14, 1970 she writes – to 20 people — on the subject “Ironing ones hair with iron”: “What happen to this delightful idea, we have not heard about it lately.”
Or on December 9, 1966, regarding pearls: “I am extremely disappointed to see that we have used practically no pearls at all in the past few issues. In fact, many necklines could have been helped by pearls worn inside the dress that show inside the cutaway sides and back of most ordinary dresses on top …
I speak of this very often — and as soon as I stop speaking the pearls disappear.
Nothing gives the luxury of pearls. Please keep them in mind.”
There are many many memos
One short hairdos.
One telling art director Alexander Liberman how to use italics.
One complaining to Irving Penn about a boring still-life picture.
One complementing Diane Furstenberg on her collection.
Loads of wit and clear direction. > MORE
Diana Vreeland: Memos – The Vogue Years
Editor: Alexander Vreeland
Text by: Polly Mellen
Publ. year: 2013
Illustrations: 50 colour & b/w