Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Words of 'Fashion' Wisdom: Diana Vreeland
"Balenciaga did the most delicious evening clothes. Clothes aren't delicious any more."
“In Europe, there is more of a snap in the air.”
“Never worry about the facts. Just project an image to the public.”
“Why Don’t You paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery -so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?”
“No one cuts backs like he did. No one knows what a back is anymore.”
“You gotta have style. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody. I’m not talking about a lot of clothes.”
"Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola."
“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.
“I’m terrible on facts. But I always have an idea. If you have an idea, you’re well ahead!”
"Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal."
“Why Don’t You -wear violet velvet mittens with everything?”
"I always wear my sweater back-to-front; it is so much more flattering."
“Why Don’t You wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?”
"I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity."
"In a Balenciaga you were the only woman in the room - no other woman existed."
“Why Don’t You have your cigarettes stamped with a personal insignia?”
"Pink is the navy blue of India."
“Why Don’t You have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Hermès of Paris will make this.”
“Poor, darling fellow - he died of food. He was killed by the dinner table.”
“Why Don’t You fit your clothes easily? Only English and Americans have this mania for snappy tightness.”
“What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about.”