Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.

— Diana Vreeland

The most irresistibly Diana Vreeland quotes that are glad to read

The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.

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You don't have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive.

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The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb.

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A world without leopards, well, who would want to live in it?

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There's only one very good life and that's the life you know you want and you make it yourself.

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The first thing to do is to arrange to be born in Paris.

After that, everything follows quite naturally.

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Red is the great clarifier - bright and revealing.

I can't imagine becoming bored with red - it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.

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Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.

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Too much good taste can be very boring. Independent style, on the other hand, can be very inspiring.

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Exaggeration is my only reality.

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The first rule that a geisha is taught, at the age of nine, is to be charming to other women...Every girl in the world should have geisha training.

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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.

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About Diana Vreeland

Quotes 140 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Editor
Birthday October 16

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.

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Oh, but I think that thoughtfulness and manners are everything.

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I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.

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It’s not about the dress you wear, but it’s about the life you lead in the dress.

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Unshined shoes are the end of civilization.

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I've never met a leopard print I didn't like.

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We all need a splash of bad taste. No taste is what I am against.

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Too much good taste can be boring

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Within every girl is the possibility of arousing emotion. Without emotion there is no beauty.

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I adore artifice. I always have.

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You know the greatest thing is passion, without it what have you got? I mean if you love someone you can love them as much as you can love them but if it isn’t a passion, it isn’t burning, it isn’t on fire, you haven’t lived.

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How boring to copy the past -- with all the magnificence of today and tomorrow.

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What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about.

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If you think all the time every day of your life, you might as well kill yourself today and be happier tomorrow.

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No one had a better sense of luxury than Coco Chanel, She really had the spirit of the 20th Century.

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Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world.

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It's only intelligent to wish to look after yourself properly.

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People who eat white bread have no dreams.

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Never fear being vulgar, just boring, middle class or dull.

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The best time to leave a party is when the party’s just beginning.

There’s no drink that kills except the drink that you didn’t want to take, as the saying goes, and there’s no hour that kills except the hour you stayed after you wanted to go home.

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I think allure is something around you, like a perfume or like a scent.

It's like a memory ... it pervades.

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Why don't you 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?

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One thing I hold against Americans is that they have no flair for the rain.

They seem unsettled by it; it's against them: they take it as an assault, an inconvenience! But rain is so wonderfully cleansing, so refreshing, so calming...

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Balenciaga was incredibleI was madly infatuated with his clothes.

His clothes were devastating. One fainted. One simply blew up and died.

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Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female'

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This is a great shame, but of course there have to be some things in life that not everybody can have, and great perfume is one of them.

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Pink is the navy blue of India.

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Poor, darling fellow - he died of food. He was killed by the dinner table.

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This world without a leopard…I mean, who would want to be here?!

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Don't look left nor right and never compete.

Never. Watching the other guy is what kills all forms of energy.

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I think i always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public.

"Give'em what they never knew they wanted".

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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. Without it, you're nobody.

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When I discovered dancing, I learned to dream.

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If it isn't a passion, it isn't burning, it isn't on fire, you haven't lived.

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I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me—projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.

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Fragrances fill the senses with the mysterious.

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I was always fascinated by the absurdities and luxuries and the snobbism of the world that fashion magazines showed. Of course, it’s not for everyone...But I lived in that world, not only during my years in the magazines business but for years before, because I was always of that world-- at least in my imagination.

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