I'm always looking at the pages of various glossies and am indubitably impressed with the content. How some of that magic happens is revealed in Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years.
"A look behind the scenes at Diana Vreeland’s Vogue, showing the
legendary editor in chief in her own inimitable words. When Diana
Vreeland became editor in chief of Vogue in 1963, she initiated a
transformation, shaping the magazine into the dominant U.S. fashion
publication. Vreeland’s Vogue was as entertaining and innovative as it
was serious about fashion, art, travel, beauty, and culture. Vreeland
rarely held meetings and communicated with her staff and photographers
through memos dictated from her office or Park Avenue apartment. This
extraordinary compilation of more than 250 pieces of Vreeland’s personal
correspondence—most published here for the first time—includes letters
to Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Norman Parkinson, Veruschka, and
Cristobal Balenciaga and memos that show the direction of some of
Vogue’s most legendary stories. These display Vreeland’s irreverence and
her characteristically over-the-top pronouncements and reveal her
sharpness about the Vogue woman and what the magazine should be.
Photographs from the magazine illustrate the memos, showing her
imagination, prescience, and exactitude. Each chapter is introduced by
commentary from Vogue editors who worked with her, giving readers a
truly inside look at how Diana Vreeland directed the course of the
magazine and fashion world."
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