There are folks in fashion who are well known solely among industry insiders. And then there are titans who transcend that relatively small world to influence the larger cultural zeitgeist. Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld are two such unmistakable personalities who can be identified merely by their signature coifs, as illustrated by this Bradley Theodore mural with a “Dia de Muertos" vibe.
In yet another of Theodore’s pieces of work that I happened upon in Soho this past weekend, he memorializes the one and only Diana Vreeland. Some in this generation may not be familiar with her body of work on the “Why Don’t You” column for Harper’s Bazaar starting back in the 30s, as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue in the 60s or as special consultant for the Costume Institute at the Met in the 70s. However, I encourage you to read her autobiography D.V. or watch the documentary The Eye Has to Travel because the lady is a hoot. Among other things, I’m pretty sure she claims to have invented nail polish. She also believed that you didn’t have to be perfect to be amazing. “You don't have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive.” You tell ‘em, D.V.!