Let's be Vreel!
"You know the greatest thing is passion, without it what have you got? I mean if you love someone you can love them as much as you can love them but if it isn't a passion, it isn't burning, it isn't on fire, you haven't lived." -Diana Vreeland
Debe and I love watching documentaries about fashion leaders, and recently watched one about Diana Vreeland, the Empress of Fashion, that ignited the passion in our hearts to a full blaze!
Diana Vreeland was a noted columnist and editor in the fashion world for both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Afterwards she became a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and forever changed the way we experience fashion, art, and life. Vreeland created a lifestyle for herself. She was raised in a pristine family that treated her like the ugly duckling, but Vreeland aspired to live a life that was luxurious, inspirational and anything but boring. Vreeland had heartbreak, tragedies, and suffering, but instead of letting negativity defeat her, she rose above the barriers and became one of the most recognizable fashion icons. Though she lacked education, she applied all of her life experience and imagination to the magazine and to the world of fashion. When asked if something was fact or fiction she responded “Faction”! When told she was ugly, she recreated what beautiful looks like by amplifying her flaws and teaching others to do the same.
"There's only one thing in life, and that's the continual renewal of inspiration."
Vreeland made fashion what is it, exciting, inspiring, and artistic.
If we’ve learned anything from Vreeland it is to find something that inspires you, embrace it, and create the life you imagine for yourself. All it takes is a little faith and a lot of hard work.
Here's a few more of our favorite quotes:
* "Style—all who have it share one thing: originality."
* "The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it."
* “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”
* “Give 'em what they never knew they wanted."