The Eye Has to Travel

I've watched the documentary “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel”. She was one of the most influential women of the 20th century and an enduring icon for many people. She was the fashion editor of HARPER'S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met's Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections.
How could one person do so much for fashion industry? Incredible!
She started her work in Harper's Bazaar with the  “Why Don’t You?” column, which was sensational for those times. It wasn't realistic, but that wasn't the point. The point was to dream, to try something new and to break from the ordinary. Here are some suggestions by Diana Vreeland:

Why don’t you…

… use a gigantic shell instead of a bucket to ice your champagne?

… cover a big cork bulletin board in bright pink felt, banded with bamboo, and pin with colored thumb-tacks all your various enthusiasms as your life varies from week to week?

… tie an enormous bunch of silver balloons on the foot of your child’s bed on Christmas Eve?

… paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?

… tie black tulle bows on your wrists?

And here are some of the more extravagant ones, inspiring nonetheless.

Why don’t you…

… own, as does one extremely smart woman, twelve diamond roses of all sizes?

… bring back from Central Europe a huge white baroque porcelain stove to stand in your front hall?

… wear violet velvet mittens with everything?

… have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Hermès of Paris will make this.

…wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?…have a room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, gay greens, clear, faded, and poison greens?

Aren't they fantastic?!

“You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life." - Diana Vreeland
“I think when you’re young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows and it all comes together.” - Diana Vreeland

This woman can't help but being an inspiration!

Anyway, don't wait for inspiration to do what you really want to do!

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