Did You Get The Memo?

 Vreeland’s legentary memos to her co-workes in Vogue are finally available to buy. 

Text: Maria Cecile Inglesi


Diana Vreeland was fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, editor in chief of Vogue and curator of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but most of all she was a passionate woman full of life and a big vision.

Reading the new book “Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years” we can understand through her own words how she became one of the most influential women in the history of fashion. She had a paradox method to communicate with her staff, not through meetings but with letters and memos typed up by a secretary, annotated further by Vreeland’s hand, and dispatched by post wherever her team may had been. This constant communication was with photographers, some of them giants in the field like Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, and Richard Avedon, writers and designers like Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Valentino Garavani, Guccio Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Diane von Furstenberg.



The Rizzoli book features more than 250 of Vreeland’s infamous notes, reprinted in their original form personally selected by Vreeland’s grandson, Alexander Vreeland. 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. Bergdorf Goodman dedicated windows to the book and throw a book party in the store.

You can find the book Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years by Rizzoli here.

Rizzoli is not the only one to have shown Vreeland’s legendary memos to the public eye, though. Visionaire has also published a series of 4,000 red envelopes which contain 37 brilliand Diane memos and 150 bound memos. You can find the ”Visionaire 37 Vreeland Memos” online here, making the perfect christmas gift to your fashion-loving friends!


Photos via: dianavreeland.com, style.com