Bella Vida by Letty

Style is a Way of Life ~ Design Yourself

Style is a way of life.

Regardless of industry or career, developing your style demonstrates mastery and professionalism.  Last night I was watching “The Eye Has to Travel” a documentary about the life of Diana Vreeland and found many great lessons.  She was editor of Vogue magazine for many years and one of her most famous quotes is regarding style.

“Style is a way of life, without it you’re nothing.”

I agree style is everything and I’m not speaking about fashion.  Style is what distinguishes you and your works from others.  It is your essence communicated through voice, perspective and attitude.  Your style is what ultimately shines through in your works whether you’re a designer, artist or teacher.  Vreeland didn’t have a formal education but she had the keen ability to see style in others and encourage the development of it in other artists.   Her employees, models and photographers all stated she would push them to do more until they produced their absolute best.

Vreeland worked within the constraints of industry which to this day is sexist, ageist and non inclusive. It’s pretty ironic but true, in an interview in the 1980’s she said highlighting the very thing that makes a person unique is what makes them beautiful and interesting.  Like her, I am uninterested in fitting into any mold.  For any apprentice it is okay to experiment and emulate others but ultimately you must design yourself.

give people what they cant get at home

In another great take away Vreeland also stated people only live through their dreams and imagination.  What a wonderful perspective.  If we give up on our dreams we are not living our lives to our fullest potential.  Our imaginations have no limits therefore your capabilities are endless.  Dream big then dream bigger.  Create your ideal world.

And finally a piece of advice to artists.  Give the audience what they can’t get at home.  Take them somewhere.  Tell a story.  This was exactly what she was great at.

Have you seen the documentary?  What did you think?  I recommend it.  You can find it on Netflix.

What are you inspired to create?

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  Maya Angelou

“In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“A writer’s style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias…it is the Self escaping into the open.”   E.B. White

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