Diana Vreeland

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Exhibition Label
Born Paris, France
In 1936 Diana Vreeland became fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and began to make that magazine a sounding-board for contemporary American identity. "Pizzazz" was a favorite word, and everything she did reflected that sense of verve. Every month she wrote a column called "Why Don’t You . . ." in which she suggested such outlandish ideas as, "Why don’t you . . . wash your blond child’s hair in dead champagne, as they do in France? . . . have a furry elk-hide trunk for the back of your car?" She saw her duty as instructive: "Most people haven’t got a point of view; they need to have it given to them." In 1941 Vreeland herself modeled for photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe during an Arizona photo shoot, posing in front of an abandoned movie set in an old Western town.
Topic
Exterior
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Architecture\Building
Sign
Baggage & Luggage\Bag\Purse
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Sunglasses
Baggage & Luggage\Suitcase
Diana Dalziel Vreeland: Female
Diana Dalziel Vreeland: Communications\Journalist\Editor\Magazine
Diana Dalziel Vreeland: Society and Social Change\Fashion arbiter
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents
Artist
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 19 Nov 1895 - Dec 1989
Sitter
Diana Dalziel Vreeland, 1903 - 22 Aug 1989
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Elizabeth Ann Hylton
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 22.5 x 19.5 cm (8 7/8 x 7 11/16")
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Place
United States\Arizona\Maricopa\Phoenix
1941
Type
Photograph
Object number
NPG.2012.29