Diana Vreeland, Fashion's Formidable First Lady, Set the Styles for Generations
updated 09/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Believed to be in her late 80s when she died of a heart attack last month in a New York hospital, Vreeland left behind two sons from her 42-year marriage to banker T. Reed Vreeland—and a legacy of personal style that approached legend Vreeland was immortalized in the 1957 movie Funny Face, as the editor who commands her staff to 'Think Pink." Her pronouncements in real life were just as outrageous; she once said, "The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb."
Although Vreeland loved the fanfare. she was more than willing to share it and helped many designers, models and fashion editors get started "She never lacked style," says Grace Mirabella. editor of Mirabella, who succeeded Vreeland at Vogue "Nothing she did was small-time."