Vogue just announced that a collection of fragrances inspired by the legendary Diana Vreeland will be launched in Paris this fall; for more information, see here.
In honor of this news, I’m posting this photograph of Vreeland’s dressing table in her New York apartment. It was photographed for a feature in Architectural Digest’s September/October 1975 issue. I can’t identify any of the perfume bottles in this photo; if you have sharper eyes than I do, please leave a comment with your observations!
You can read one of my earlier posts about Vreeland and perfume here. The more I learn about her, the more I realize how much she loved fragrance.
My copy of “Diana Vreeland MEMOS: The Vogue Years” arrived yesterday, and I spent last evening curled up in bed perusing it. It’s really a treat.
The best thing about this book is that it reproduces Vreeland’s actual memos and letters, rather than just quoting from them. You get to see the typed pages (all dictated to an assistant at Vogue, of course!), often with additions in DV’s own handwriting.
So, I tried taking a photo of a memo dated February 24, 1969, with the subject line “PERFUME – FRAGRANCE,” but it didn’t turn out very well. Instead, I’ll just transcribe it here…
“By far and away the most important fragrance is the fragrance of a house as it is the ambiance of the owner. It seems that very few Americans, unless they have spent a long time in Europe, particularly in England, have any real sense of scenting a house. It is not considered in the general sense of people, important. There are several that are very extraordinary.
Guerlain’s Plant Marine and Floris’ Tantivy. You are immediately alerted to the presence and whole aspect of the house and owner when you come in the door, you smell this.
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