Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland

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As an editor, curator and wit, Diana Vreeland made a lasting mark and remains an icon for generations of fashion lovers. During her fifty-year reign as the Empress of Fashion, she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashions most eloquent proverbs, such as the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb. She aimed to instruct where possible, to delight, to give pleasure, to bring to the reader what interests her. In this book, the first full-length biography of Vreeland, Amanda Mackenzie Stuart portrays a visionary: a fearless innovator who inspired designers, models, photographers and artists, and who reinvented the way we think about style and where we go to think about it.

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[Vreeland's] megawatt charisma lights up every page --Elle Decoration

I am fascinated by Diana Vreeland she was a visionary fashion editor whose remarkable images continue to influence style today. I'm looking forward to this first full-length biography of her by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart. --The Mail on Sunday

Fascinating, full of bonkers facts and quotes, bolstering a clear-headed narrative that could have gone loop-the-loop in less skilled hands --The Scotsman

Mackenzie Stuart has written a stylish, funny, fond and vivid book. The only puzzle is that a subject so irresistible as Vreeland should have gone without a good biography for quite so long --Miranda Sawyer, The Sunday Times

Glorious new biography. --Country Life

Amanda Mackenzie Stuart's fascinating new biography reveals her as a woman who embodied the best and the worst of fashion…Stuart has made her more human and impressive. --Helen Brown, The Daily Telegraph

Mackenzie Stuart has serious art-historical concerns. What she does in this fine biography is situate Vreeland firmly in her time and place while taking nothing away from her idiosyncratic - often downright bonkers - talent. --Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian

impeccably researched and beautifully written -- Jane Shilling, Daily Mail Book of the Week

an enthralling picture of a mesmerizing character --Hello!

A dazzling, meticulously researched, insightful biography --Jackie McGlone, The Herald

A dazzling comprehensive, perceptive and many-sided new book --New York Times

Of approximately one dozen books penned about Diana Vreeland, none appear to tell the true and full tale of the real Diana Vreeland like this one…It is a rare and welcomed view of her private life which was so often overlooked in favor of the glossy and more obvious parts of her life, including all the glamour and bon mots she was so free with. --New York Journal of Books

Stuart's biography is a tasty and erudite study of a complicated woman and her turbulent and colorful cultural life and times. --Publishers Weekly

The bright cast of photographers, models, and celebrities who filled Vreeland's world adorn this cohesive, well-researched volume. --Booklist

She is as preposterous as a character of fiction but Mackenzie Stuart shows her skill in capturing the personality of someone both larger-than-life and deeply private…The triumph of this book is how lively and intimate a portrait it feels. --Kate Finnigan, The Sunday Telegraph

She has a wry sense of humour and is not reverent as so many writers are when genuflecting to this high priestess of fashion. Her life is so well documented that it would be easy to cobble together a book, but Mackenzie Stuart is much more diligent, scrupulous and research-based than that. --Polly Devlin, The Irish Times

Vivid life of America's former queen of haute couture. --The Sunday Times

Vreeland said, did and wrote much that was outlandish but such 'Vreelandia' is well documented. What Amanda Mackenzie Stuart successfully does I fill in the flourishes of the speedy caricature with something more substantial. --The Sunday Telegraph

The first full-length biography of the Vogue editor and fashion icon, writer Amanda Mackenzie Stuart explores how Vreeland was admired and feared in equal measure. --Grazia

Amanda Mackenzie Stuart's well-paced biography is an account of impressive self-invention by a woman from whom
gravelly aperçus coiled like the endless smoke from her cigarette holder. --New Statesman

In this, the first full scale biography of Vreeland, Amanda Mackenzie Stuart explores the women behind the
innovation, and what made her the icon she has come to be today. --Irish Tatler

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An adventurous, insightful biography --Iain Finlayson

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