As I sat in the room on the first day of class waiting for the teacher to arrive, I could feel my heart beating out of my chest. I had never felt more intimidated in my life. Around me sat a group of well dressed girls and a very chic boy who seemed like they knew exactly what they wanted to do with their lives in the fashion world. After the introductions the butterflies in my stomach quickly faded away and I knew that this would be a fabulous group of people to get to know.
The first discussion that the class had was about how Vogue is being influenced by pop culture rather than high fashion. When looking at the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover, we talked about how it should have been on the cover of a gossip magazine and not a high fashion magazine and I agree, if you’re a self proclaimed “lyrical genius” and the star of a sex tape you should not be on the cover of Vogue. Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-chief of Vogue, wanted to make the magazine more relatable to a larger group of people and lost the fashion sense to the magazine that Diana Vreeland brought. Diana Vreeland once said, ”You’re not supposed to give people what they want, you’re supposed to give them what they don’t know that they want yet” This is exactly the opposite to what Anna Wintour is now doing with Vogue.
Diana Vreeland had an eye like no other and has been an inspiration to many as to defy the “rules” of fashion. Diana Vreeland’s goal while working at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue was a place to turn to for fashion purposes, unlike the current editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. When looking back on the Vogue archive, there was a clear difference between what the magazine is now and what it used to be. In the magazines today, many of the shots in the editorials are close up shots of the models and do not focus on the fashion, also the captions for these photos are very vague. In the magazines from the 1960s Diana Vreeland drew a clear map as to what the trends would be and how you should wear them. Diana Vreeland had an effect on Vogue and its readers that to this day has been influential to many.