This wonderful true story of iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland teaches young readers that individuality is to be celebrated, and that even extraordinary dreams can come true.
Immerse young readers in the glamorous world of the eccentric and fashionable Diana Vreeland, who once asked: "Why don't you wear violet velvet mittens with everything?"
Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything celebrates Empress of Fashion Diana Vreeland, whose legacies at Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art have had a lasting impact. As a little girl in Paris, Vreeland loved to dance and read, though she loved dressing up most of all. Wearing a rainbow of colors all at once made her feel most like herself, and her dedication to individuality inspired countless others to be just as dazzling and daring. A wonderfully true story of making extraordinary dreams possible, author Deborah Blumenthal echoes the infectiously extravagant tone of Vreeland, with illustrator Rachel Katstaller matching the icon's careful consideration of color.
Number of Pages: 48
Publication Date: 25 Nov 2021
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication City, Country: New York,United States
Dimensions (cm): 27.9(H) x 21.6(W)
Deborah Blumenthal lives in New York City, NY. She is an award-winning journalist who divides her time between writing children's books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist). She has published more than 15 books. Rachel Katstaller is based in Innsbruck, Austria. She is an illustrator with a background in strategic design, focusing on insightful illustrations for commercial clients and children's books. You can find her facing her fears on a skateboard or see more of her daily art practice on social media.
Reviews"Readers get a glimpse into the life of fashion icon Diana Vreeland in this picture book biography....The mixed media artwork is the star of the book. The bold colors pop and the stylistic design makes a nice counterpoint to the text."
- School Library Journal,
"A fitting tribute to [Diana Vreeland's] fashion finesse."
"The intimidatingly fabulous Diana Vreeland (1903-1989), 20th-century tastemaker and editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, breezily narrates this picture book tribute to her aesthetic achievements: "I turned fashion on its head, dreaming up stories of glamorous worlds." Blumenthal's Vreeland airily skims by biographical detail--the telling jumps from the figure's youthful love of dance to becoming "the Empress of Fashion" in a single spread. Instead, the figure's merrily madcap worldview dominates, building to a series of dazzling quotes from her legendary column, "Why Don't You?" ("Have every room done up in every color green?") Katstaller's trendy, clean-lined illustrations decorously tidy Vreeland's opulent world, taming the visionary wildness of her famous red room. Still, it's a winsome, if partial, introduction to a style icon who chose to "never, ever [be] boring.""
- Publishers Weekly,
"A gorgeously fun tribute to the one and only Diana Vreeland"
- Julie Morstad, author of BLOOM: The Story of Elsa Schiaparelli,
"Violet, Velvet Mittens with Everything takes us on an extraordinary journey filled with colour, from Dianas' childhood in Paris to becoming the rule breaking Fashion Editor of Harpers Bazaar. In Dianas' own words 'The Eye has to Travel' so feast your eyes on Rachel Katstaller's elegant and witty illustrations and let Deborah's delightful story inspire us all to be a little bit more FABULOUS!"
- Eva Byrne, author and illustrator of Along Came Coco: A Story about Coco Chanel,
"This book is a joy to read and to look at with each page illustrated with the most delightful and clever sketches. Have fun and enjoy this book. You deserve it!"
- Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week,