Diana Vreeland

Vreeland, Diana, 1906–89, American fashion editor and consultant, b. Paris as Diana Dalziel. In 1937, she joined Harper's Bazaar, becoming fashion editor in 1939. In 1963, she moved to Vogue magazine, where she was editor in chief from the mid-1960s until 1971. As editor of the two leading fashion magazines, she had considerable influence on fashion and on the success of particular designers and models. In 1971, she became a consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During her tenure, the museum held exhibitions on the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and treated such themes as "American Women of Style,""The Glory of Russian Costume," and "Man and the Horse." The openings to each exhibition became a major social event in the fashion world.

See biography by A. Mackenzie Stuart (2012); study by L. Immordino Vreeland (2011).

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