Monday, March 24, 2014

Book Review: Memos: The Vogue Years

To make it as editor in chief at a fashion magazine you must be daring, outspoken, creative, and of course fashionable. Or in the words of Diana Vreeland: “You gotta have style!” With more than 250 pieces of Vreeland’s personal correspondence, the book Memos shows how she transformed Vogue and fashion from 1962–1971. The letters give readers a transparent look at her communication with photographers, staff, and designers during a revolutionary time. The archival letters are enjoyable to read in a typed format with Vreeland’s handwritten comments scrawled across the pages. You will find that her outlandish notes are still as inspirational today as they were decades ago. Alexander Vreeland, her grandson who edited Memos, carefully placed historical images throughout the book to complement her words. There are also anecdotes from Vreeland’s closest collaborators that provide insight into how she worked at Vogue. Memos captures Vreeland’s vibrant personality and reveals an unknown piece of fashion history. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion business, or for those who just want to read about a fascinating woman.

Other materials about Diana Vreeland available at The Adrian G. Marcuse Library include The Eye Has to Travel (book and DVD), Allure, D.V., Man and the Horse, Diana Vreeland, and Why Don’tYou?: Diana Vreeland, Bazaar Years.  

So, why don’t you visit the library and check these out?

Vreeland, Alexander. Memos:The Vogue Years. New York: Rizzoli, 2013.

Posted on March 23, 2014 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta (Evening Librarian)