|Looking elegant years before she |
began her career - Diana Vreeland
|Vreeland's Column, "Why Don't You..."|
I love the wit and imagination of her Great Depression era column "Why Don't You..." This one reads:
Why don't you? Zip yourself into your evening dresses? Waft a big bouquet around like a fairy wand? Wear a bowler? Stick Japanese hair-pins in your hair? Buy a transparent evening coat? Or a geranium chiffon toque? Or bright flannel gloves? Or a black blouse? Expose your fortune in an isinglass bag? Hide your hips under an accordion-pleated jacket? Wear fruit hats? Currents? Cherries? Or tilt your blue wool skirt to show a candy-striped petticoat?
Going back through the covers from her time at Harper's, I am blown away by the artistry of them. They are truly stunning. Here is a selection:
The following images were both styled by Vreeland. These stylish photos have an attitude and naturalness not seen in other women's magazines of the day. Not to mention both of these dresses would be absolutely in style today.
If you're interested in reading vintage Harper's Bazaar, check your local library. My library has every issue from Diana's era, readily available to flip through for anyone who drops by.