"Without emotion there is no beauty."

The legendary Diana Vreeland's impeccable sense of style shaped her life

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

Can you imagine having such a stellar sense of style that complete stranges become prospective employers, provoked to stop and offer you a job simply for dressing so debonairly?

Such an iconic sense of style that a simple afternoon stroll yields passers-by completely charmed and utterly captivated? 

That’s exactly what happened to the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland.

Diana Vreeland was a twentieth century Parisian-born arbiter of style and elegance. She immigrated to the United States where she eventually lived and worked as a fashion columnist and editor.

It was Diana’s own self-assured sense of style that engendered her first job in fashion.

Then editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Carmel Snow spotted Vreeland around town and approached her to write a column for the magazine. Vreeland went on to become fashion editor at Harper’s where she stayed for twenty-five years (1937-1962).

She then became the editor-in-chief at Vogue in 1963, and finished out her career at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art starting in 1971. She wrote two autobiographies: DV and Allure.

She would later profess, "Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal."

Find Diana's books at The Book Table in Oak Park. For prices and store hours visit www.thebooktable.com.

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