As fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and then in her role at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the late Diane Vreeland was the supreme arbiter of taste, trend and style. Back in the spotlight via the upcoming documentary of her life, The Eye Has To Travel, Vreeland valued fanfare above all else.
“There’s enough ugliness in the world! Why add to it!” she once told her grandson, reacting to his ill-advised short haircut. The eminently quotable Vreeland, however, took an expansive view of attractiveness. To her, “a little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika” and she was “a great believer in vulgarity—if it’s got vitality.” The biggest no-no, for Vreeland, was to have “no taste at all.”