Fashion icon Diana Vreeland, of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, loved to celebrate people’s flaws

From Barbra Streisand’s nose to Twiggy’s skinny frame, the former Vogue editor-in-chief was famous for having an eye for the unusual

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, 12:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, 12:30pm

Fashion icon Diana Vreeland died on this day in 1989 at the age of 85. Formidably well connected, she made herself an arbiter of style for decades as fashion editor, and later editor-in-chief of the fashion bible Vogue.

Born in Paris in 1903, Vreeland’s career started at Harper’s Bazaar in 1936. Her column “Why Don’t You...?” was famous for giving offbeat fashion and lifestyle tips.

Vreeland became the magazine’s fashion editor and established herself as a leading arbiter of style. In 1962, she joined Vogue and continued to be a powerful force in the world of fashion.

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She had friends in high places, from Coco Chanel and Wallis Simpson to Andy Warhol and Jack Nicholson.

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She also had an eye for the unusual and loved to celebrate peoples’ flaws, from Barbra Streisand’s nose (seen up close in US Vogue) to Twiggy’s skinny frame.

Her life was documented in Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2012).