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Amanda MacKenzie Stuart
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19 Nov 2013
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.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (19 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061691755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061691751
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

A --The Journal (Newcastle)

An adventurous, insightful biography --Iain Finlayson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Diana Vreeland Empress of Fashion 9 Mar 2013
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My anticipation of this book was high and as a fan of Diana Vreeland i was looking forward to some facts and pictures that were new to me. Sadly i was to be disappointed , the chapters on her early life were interesting but nothing new and seemed to skim over so much. More in- sight into her relationships with both her husband and children would have been good. I was completely bored by the endless pages of her times at Bazaar and Vogue and only woke up again when she had moved to The Met museum . Her beloved husbands illness and death only was important enough for half a page. Such a shame whilst well written more content about DV,s life outside her work would have made this book a pleasure to read.
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By Michael
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I was looking forward to reading this book, having recently become interested in Diana Vreeland, and i was not disappointed. Amanda Mackenzie Stuart is every thing one could ask for in a biographer. She gives you the facts and her sources, and gives a balanced view of the subject. Diana Vreeland had an interesting life. As a young girl her mother would tell her that she was not beautiful like her younger sister. Her imagination was her only escape and so she Invented herself as her ideal female "The girl". The girl was charismatic ,stylish, and Creative all of which diana was. First as a member of the Jet set of the 1930's, Then as fashion editor for Harpers Bazaar, Then as Editor in chief of vogue until 1970 . Not one to be idle, She took the post of special consultant to the costume institute at the Met Museum in New York, Organizing countless successful fashion exhibitions. If you want to read about a woman who is truly inspiring and imaginative then this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 20 Jan 2014
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It is inspiring and highly motivational. Must read and highlight key quotes and learn from this book.. I recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 Jan 2014
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This was a Christmas present that I wanted and it has not disappointed yet as I read through it slowly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY DAUGHTER SAYS IT IS MOST INTERESTING 23 Dec 2013
By Christopher W. Brierley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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MY DAUGHTER SAYS IT IS MOST INTERESTING and that's who I got it for. She is a university lecturer in fashion and obviously highly experienced in this field, so as I am out of my comfort zone, I have just said he thoughts on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars APT TRIBUTE TO A REMARKABLE WOMAN 13 Dec 2012
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
A painful childhood as the less loved daughter of a beautiful, cruel woman served to push Diana Vreeland to remake herself into her version of perfection. Well, remake herself she did until she married an uncommonly handsome man, studied the work of Coco Chanel, and became "the beacon of fashion for the twentieth century," as Diana Von Furstenberg put it.

She spoke bluntly but with wisdom and wit as she championed the most talented designers, photographers, models and illustrators while all the while becoming friend and mentor to the most interesting people, such as Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Lauren Bacall and more.

Empress of Fashion is not only fascinating reading but apt tribute to a unique individual, a true artiste of the fashion world.

= Gail Cooke
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