Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times

Diana Vreeland - On working

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 "Before I went to work, my life was a life of leisure. I’d no responsibilities except my house, my family, and my friends. I could never have lived that kind of life in New York. I think it’s something in the climate that makes one want to get out and about. To me, people live in New York to work, not to dream or to have a leisurely, imaginative life. There’s too much interference, and there are too few people who can join you in leisure. There’s great imagination here, but it’s of another kind."  Diana Vreeland


The oral biography of Diana Vreeland, whose pioneering exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art elevated fashion to a fine art.  One of 42 profiles from Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Shaped Our Times.