Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman, the Bazaar Years

03/12/2015

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: Harper's Bazaar Years book review via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
I could turn full-on poetic and clever when bringing back the subject of Diana Vreeland (yet again), but I've done it so many times by now it may sound too sugary and over-sentimental. On the other hand, we have the hot-off-the-press Modern Woman and it would be a crime not to talk about it.

The latest addition to Vreeland's fashion library is a beautiful and heavy tome edited by Alexander Vreeland, Diana's grandson and the author of The Memos, which he published in 2013. Naturally, I've got both of them not quite knowing what to expect, but having a moment of absolute joy when finally opening each for the first time.

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: Harper's Bazaar Years book review via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: Harper's Bazaar Years book review via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: Harper's Bazaar Years book review via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
It's not simply about what you read and see, but the effect the books have on your mind - I feel as if they widen my horizons and chip off stale and dusty crust covering my brain restarting it all over again. It is, however, important to approach "the Vreeland library" from the very beginning in order to appreciate everything fully and avoid the odd sensation of "what on Earth is that???" with Allure, D.V. and Illustrated Biography first, The eye has to travel and Why Don't You...? next and finishing with The Memos and The Modern Woman.

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: Harper's Bazaar Years book review via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: Harper's Bazaar Years book review via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: Harper's Bazaar Years book review via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog

Unlike The Memos based on Vreelands' vision captured through words, The Modern Woman is collection of visuals, both editorials images and covers produced at Harper's Bazaar under Vreeland's creative direction. Some of them may be grainy and slightly faded, but never - old or, should I say, old-fashioned and this is what The Modern Woman is all about. Not only the execution and fantasy poured into every shot, every line and word, but the ingenious, intuitive and timeless insight and creativity that not only inspired women in 1936-1962, but the fashion photographers, stylists and editors of today (without getting too complicated - have a look at 1939 pages and then - Sasha Luss editorial featured in the December 2015 issue of Russian Vogue or my Instagram). 

Don't expect this fantastic book to be the one you read, although there are a few articles including a story about Marilyn Monroe, being the 1950s woman or Broadway reviews as well as a few style and fashion tips and trends - instead be prepared to spend your time absorbing every image, its colours, composition and magic that would never fade away. 

Photo source: all images via Diana Vreeland: the Modern Woman: The Bazaar Years, 1936-1962 via amazon where you can also preview the book

6 comments:

  1. I love how much this book has been made to look like a great big wonderful magazine. I would so love to get my hands one some of the old Vreeland issues of Harper's Bazaar and this book would be the next best thing.
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. Absolutely! It is a very interesting experience of opening it for the first time because you suddenly realise it looks like pages of Harpers. One of those books to come back to over and over again for inspiration. x

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  4. I am happy to know of the new publication! It looks like an exceptional collection, The essays and images, so dazzling, even in their sometimes graininess, will be fresh to read with such fine editing. I am such a fan!
    XX, Elle
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