New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's red cloth, spine stamped in silver, upper board blindstamped, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Storied autobiography of legendary fashion editor and tastemaker Vreeland, renowned for her imperious wit and grand pronouncements: "All my life I've never gone out before lunch. Except to the dentist. It's important to go early because at that time they're at peace and not rattled and tired. Dealing with a tired dentist is really very tough on you. But usually I spend the morning in the bathroom and I get half my day's work done." The Parisian-born daughter of patrician American parents, Vreeland owned a lingerie boutique in London before signing on as a columnist (and later editor) at Harper's Bazaar, where she remained for nearly 30 years. In 1962 she left to become editor-in-chief at Vogue, and later worked as a special consultant for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For decades a prime mover in the worlds of fashion, art and culture, Vreeland associated with such varied figures as Wallis Simpson, Michel Fokine, Cecil Beaton, Lauren Bacall, Billy Baldwin, Cole Porter, Richard Avedon, Jackie Kennedy, Alexey Brodovitch, and Edie Sedgwick. She died in 1989. Author photo to rear panel of dust jacket by Horst. Light rubbing to spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket, with minor dampstaining to verso. Very good. Item #249