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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Updated 9:41 PM ET, Fri September 14, 2012
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Diana Vreeland worked at Harper's Bazaar for 25 years as fashion editor. She then took over as the editor-in-chief of Vogue until 1971. "I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give 'em what they never knew they wanted," said Vreeland of her job as editor. Courtesy of Estate of James P Karales
President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy attend the inaugural ball. Jackie O often sought Vreeland's guidance on style, particularly American designers. "To say Diana Vreeland has dealt only with fashion trivializes what she has done. She has commented on the times in a wiseand witty manner. She has lived a life," Onassis said. Getty Images
While editor-in-chief at Vogue, Vreeland published the first ever portrait of Mick Jagger in the U.S. At the time, 19-year-old Jagger was just another aspiring British rocker, but she saw something in him -- particularly "those lips!" she said. Getty Images
Vreeland championed Twiggy, already a British sensation, into American advertising. Twiggy's slightly adrogynous look and waif-like, pixie frame would soon catch on and become the "it" look for the fashion world. Getty Images
Vreeland put Barbra Streisand on the cover of Vogue in 1966. Vreeland was known to push people's faults. "If you have a long nose, hold it up and make it your trademark," said Vreeland. Getty Images
Penelope Tree, who came from a prominent New York family, became a muse to Vreeland and was considered an "it girl" of the 1960s. Vreeland discovered Tree's enigmatic face at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball. Getty Images
Diana Vreeland in her famous red living room, nicknamed "a garden in hell." Copyright Estate of Horst P. Horst - Art + Commerce