Simon Doonan invites you to a Diana Vreeland Book Signing at Barneys

Diana Vreeland was the editor in chief of Harpers Bazaar and later on Vogue. According to Photographer Richard Avedon she basically invented the profession we now recognize as fashion editor. Previously, the fashion editor was "a society lady putting hats on other society ladies." Vreeland, on the other hand, felt that "to-day only personality counts . . . I do not believe we should put in [the magazine] so-called society, as it is démodé and practically doesn't exist . . . but ravishing personalities are the most riveting things in the world -- conversation, people's interests, the atmosphere that they create round them -- these are the things that I feel are worth putting in any issue." (from New York Magazine)

I received a big beautiful Diana Vreeland coffee table book for my Bat Mitzvah many moons ago  which I used to obsessively pour over (as you can see from the condition, this puppy got a lot of use). The images and woman behind the book enchanted me. It was my first glimpse into the world of high fashion, growing up as a kid in South Bend, Indiana.

Because the Vreeland legend was such an integral part of my fashion  development it makes it doubly exciting for me to announce that Lisa Immordino Vreeland's documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel will be screened as part of The Chicago International Film Festival. Also the author and film maker will be signing copies of her book by the same name at a reception on the main floor of Barney's New York on Oak Street in the Gold Coast this Saturday.

The movie will be screened later that evening at 7:15 and also on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. Do we have a date or what?!

Buy tickets here

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