Diana Vreeland, the late editor and chief of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, was one of the most fascinating and original fashion personalities in history. She was undoubtedly the most quotable. I made a list of my favorite, completely outrageous Diana Vreeland comments of all time...enjoy.
"Unshined shoes are the end of civilization.”
"A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against."
"Where Chanel came from in France is anyone's guess. She said one thing one day and another thing the next. She was a peasant and a genius. Peasants and geniuses are the only people who count and she was both."
"There's no such thing as a slack French face. Haven't you ever noticed that? I've given this a lot of thought and I think it's because the French have to exercise their jaws and the inside of their mouths so much just to get the words out. The vowels demand so much." "Unfortunately, Hungarians don't impress the world anymore; they've never been successful, and success is the only thing the world we live in now understands and remembers."
"Still, my dream in life is to come home and think of absolutely nothing. After all, you can't think all the time."
"I adore artifice. I always have."
"The West is boring itself to death! And talking itself to death!"
"You can't say 'My masseur told me this.' And then again, why can't you?"
"She was just putting on the fritz, keeping things up. Why say you were born in a hovel? Who wants to hear that?"
"To be contented; that's for the cows."
"Truth is a hell of a big point with me. Now I exaggerate, always."
"I have a terrible time remembering exactly when my birthday is. Age is totally boring..."