A Memo from Diana Vreeland

By  October 23, 2013

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Legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland left Harper’s Bazaar (the leading fashion glossy at the time) and transformed Vogue magazine from ‘the society pages’ of sorts to the fashion bible that we now know.

Vreeland was able to do so by bringing the best out of everyone that she worked with, leaving encouraging yet thought-probing notes—the basis of the new book, Memos: The Vogue Years/1962-1971/Diana Vreeland. Her grandson, Alexander Vreeland edited the tome comprised of over 2,000 memos. Though, Vogue didn’t save any of the notes Vreeland left throughout her reign at the office, her grandson was able to round up memos from Grace Mirabella and Pilar Crespi (daughter of Consuelo Crespi, who worked closely with Vreeland).

All of the memos were dictated since the subject of the documentary (and corresponding book) The Eye Has to Travel, couldn’t type but the overall feel of the notes “show[ed] how to work with creative people, how to manage creative people.”

“The memos in the book communicate in the crisp, clear voice of someone who usually knows what she wants, and if she doesn’t, will recognize it when she sees it,” Women’s Wear Daily reported. “They are intelligent, well-written, frisky, and highly evocative of a time when a great deal of exciting fashion was created.”

We’ve been on a crusade to bring back the handwritten love note for some time now, but Memos will hold us over. This is the ultimate love letter, D.V.’s love note to fashion–our first love.