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Without Diana Vreeland, the Met's hugely popular Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty might never have happened - so says her grandson, Alexander Vreeland.
Upon retiring, the legendary Vogue editor famously became a special consultant for the Met museum's Costume Institute and is widely credited with having revitalised the department. "Her legacy was three-fold," he said. "There was her work at the Met - she established the access between art and fashion. The Met's McQueen exhibition wouldn't have been possible with her, and look how successful it's been. There was her work at Harpers Bazaar. Over that 20-year-period, she helped create some of the best photographic work ever done - those pictures haven't aged at all. Then she became editor of US Vogue, which she transformed from this socialite-focused, sleepy publication to the most dominant fashion magazine in the world through adding a sense of youthfulness and vitality. She radically changed each level of the industry."
Vreeland, who now looks after the Diana Vreeland Estate, spent many a lunch in his "always very supportive" grandmother's office at US Vogue and at the Met. He believes that her talents as an editor stemmed from her passionate interest in people.
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