Allure

Allure
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Diana Vreeland. With Christopher Hemphill.

New York. Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1980. First edition. Hardbound in red buckram with gilt titles, dust jacket. 208 pages. Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs. 390 x 280mm (15 x 11"). 1.9kg. 0385150482. English. Very good; 3cm closed tear to front jacket and 1cm closed tear to rear jacket, yellowing to white jacket; a clean copy, not price-clipped and no inscriptions.

A first edition of the classic book by the New York fashion editor Diana Vreeland, in which she selects a "pot-pourri" of images that encapsulate her idea of Allure. The photographs are taken from many different sources and supplemented with Vreeland's witty and insightful remarks.

'Here, she has chosen pictures by some of the century's greatest photographers - among them, Horst, De Meyer, Avedon, Beaton, Penn, and Steichen, as well as the exciting and often bizarre work of the paparazzi - of events which gave shape to the culture of an era, and some of the celebrated personalities who set their imprint on it. Opera queens, royal queens, society queens, movie queens, ballet superstars, fashion mannequins vie for places in Mrs. Vreeland's scenario. And she has set them on the opera stage, on the screen, on a diving board, on the town, on vacation, in a coronation procession, in haute couture clothes, at play, at a royal funeral, at work, at each other. Garbo, Nureyev, Callas, Queen Mary, Nijinsky, the Duchess of Windsor, Elsa Maxwell, Anna Magnani, Josephine Baker, Sara Bernhardt, Evita Peron, Edith Sitwell, Gertrude Stein, Marilyn Monroe, the Vicomtesse de Ribes - to name but a few of the luminaries whose presences help define Diana Vreeland's definition of allure.' (from the blurb).