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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081187043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811870436
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Commissioned by Jackie O and written by fashion legend Vreeland, this once out-of-print masterpiece is now reissued with a foreward by Marc Jacobs."
--Elle September 2010

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As fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland's passion, charm, insouciance, and genius for style energized and inspired the fashion world for fifty years. She was a quintessential style maven and arbiter of taste. After her tenure in magazines she was a consultant to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maglin on 15 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is not about text, it is totally born by pictures. I really like the way Ms. Vreeland presents her artistic view by pictures and some comments on the visual aspects. My only down was the preface...to modern, to ego centered, not very Dianesque...
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By Noreen Chamberlain on 7 July 2014
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very good.
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By Gia on 11 Nov 2012
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If you love style & fashion you will love this book, an all time style classic, to be read as & when you need style inspiration .
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Great to know Diana Vreeland's point of view and consequently understand that period. She is authentic, direct and sincere. The book is very well ilustrated and shows many iconic photos.
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You get what you pay for 26 Feb 2011
By Beverly S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I was desperately waiting for this book to become available. I owned the original and it was amazing. This book is small and some of the most memorable photographs are missing. The $23.10 that I paid for this book could have gone toward the cost of a used copy of the original. Calling it "Allure by Diana Vreeland" is a disgrace.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ms. Vreeland's scrapbook of weapons-grade imagery 11 Feb 2011
By Hugh D. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The late Diana Vreeland , who has seen every garment you could imagine, and met everyone you could imagine has bequeathed her perspective on what possesses the power of "Allure". As she toured the world she knew ( Europe, the U.S., the U.K. and, effectively, the World of Fashion ) there would come moments of revelation when she was struck by an image or a moment that had more than just beauty or visual appeal. It had a gravitation pull that seduces the observer and reveals that it has more than the mere beauty of its subject or the ability to conjure day-dreams of distant lands where Shrangri-La has an all-night convenience store. These images possesses the power of "Allure".

allure |''lo'r|
the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating :

Every image has that intangible quality but it arises from many unexpected sources. How fortunate we are to have Diana, whose nose for the next big thing is undefeated. She gives us more than just the images, however, and that is the gift of her philosophies in life of how joy and beauty can be seen in all things whether they be simple and even commonplace. She also gives her secrets for establishing one's own personal style.This is more than mere dressing tips..No Ma'am! This is the beginning steps to becoming a world-wide icon without even knowing that it was happening. Diana never rushed cameras and begged people to photograph her but her image is one of the most readily recognizable in 20th century fashion. It wasn't her beautiful face that got her there. It was the sirens song that played just below the ability of humans to hear that
swelled as she entered a room, a restaurant, or a taxi-cab. Truly one of the most fascinating women of the century but also the one we might miss the most.
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The SOIGNEE "Ugly-Duckling"....... 1 Oct 2010
By Raymond Louis Llompart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Diana Vreeland was one of those RARE individuals who ENTIRELY created themselves....... A RARE GEM of a GLOSSY, LACQUERED, somewhat aristocratic woman who, through SHEER WILL (and intellect and breeding, certainly) became THE paragon of style in a world that continues to coarsen and disappear,,,,,,,Interestingly, as the years went by she became more ALIVE, more liberated, hopefully more happy......A woman of EXCEPTIONAL TASTE, she was able to maneuver the Park Avenue crowd where she purpurtedly grew up, but as she grew older she KNEW that new blood was needed and she headed DOWNTOWN to mix with the "demimonde" and started to leave behind all that stuffy old money that was growing more and more irrelevant.....
I have been GREATLY inspired by Mrs. Vreeland, even though I never had the honor to meet her......
Her joy of life, of BEAUTY, of humanity was alwyays PALPABLE, and I believe she had a great heart......
BRANDED forever an UGLY GIRL by her unstable,rather monstrous mother, perhaps that came to define her life, as she says in her"Bio" DV---which I highly recommend.....
This particular book is filled with large black-and-white cutouts from newspapers and magazines that she kept for inspiration, and the subjects are varied, but always come back to her obsessions with royalty and the most SOIGNEE women of the 20th century..... Half or more of what she says is pure FLUFF, but frothy and delightful (and sometimes downright CRUEL). I have derived much pleasure from this book, but may I suggest that you ONLY buy this book IF you have a fascination with the upper classes, STYLE, and the sayings of a very STYLISH woman who sometimes verges on madness and parody-------tongue-in-cheek parody, as she was too intelligent to take herself too seriously.
In a world that COARSENS more and more, Mrs. Vreeland is the perfect antidote-------a "figure of fantasy" that can offer us a moment of respite in a CRASS, VULGAR, let-it-all-out society.....
She was very SPECIAL, and she is missed.......
I had based my review on the ORIGINAL TOME which was perhaps 18" by 12"---an oversized, ultra-glamorous object (SIZE CAN make a difference sometimes-----SHUT UP!), and then saw the new print a few days ago (March 2011) and my heart SANK------it has suffered from, well, erectile disfunction..Ha! That is not a problem for those who cannot envision the old, of course, but for me it was a deep disappointment...... The "Grandiosity" of the old one MATCHED the creator of it-----why they decided to do this, must clearly have been the fear of poor sales, but the "larger-than-life" clips were, to me, a necessity. Still, I will buy the SHRUNKEN one (why did I give that book away???)....So let me not SOUR it for you.......The paper is now glossy, which is lovely, while the old thing was a thick, rough kind.......
Oh well, go get it.... Mrs. Vreeland deserves your purchase!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vreeland!Strong-willed Ecccentric! 16 Jun 2013
By BOBBI ABRAMSON - Published on Amazon.com
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6/16/13.........This is a unique read about a very secular,instinctive woman! You either loved her or?But she was a person-to-
be dealt with...like her or not! A good read for fashionistas! thanks again,encinodame
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nice but not what I expected 4 April 2011
By Maja - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is really informative and interesting, but I hoped for some more text and less pictures. Photos in the book date from the old times when Vreeland was a magazine editor and they don't really inspire my aesthetic senses. What I wanted was some more insight from Vreeland about style and beauty so I'll purchase her biography D.V. This book is a nice thing to check out but if you're looking for inspiration, seek elsewhere.
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