“Some Thoughts From,” our series of short features spanning some of the industry’s most notable designers, editors, models and other industry insiders, sharing their thoughts on anything and everything fashion. Up this week: former Vogue editor in chief, Diana Vreeland. Into The Gloss, summarized Vreeland quite nicely in a recent article, writing: “Before fashion editors became personalities/street-style stars/fodder for major motion pictures, there was the eminently quotable, largely self-invented and always fascinating Mrs. Vreeland, whose life took her from Belle Epoque Paris to Studio 54, whose friendships ranged from Coco Chanel and Wallis Simpson to Andy Warhol and Jack Nicholson, and whose imagination and keen eye propelled the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue into the future and revolutionized the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute.”
On style: You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes. Of course, one is born with good taste. It’s very hard to acquire. You can acquire the patina of taste? … A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.
On snobbism in fashion: I was always fascinated by the absurdities and luxuries and the snobbism of the world that fashion magazines showed. Of course, it’s not for everyone … But I lived in that world, not only during my years in the magazines business but for years before, because I was always of that world – at least in my imagination.
On Balenciaga: Balenciaga did the most delicious evening clothes. Clothes aren’t delicious any more. In a Balenciaga dress, you were the only woman in the room – no other woman existed.
On bikinis and denim: The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb. Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.
On uniform dressing: Why don’t you…Find one dress that you like and have it copied many times? You will be much more successful than if you try to produce the same effects each evening.