DIANA VREELAND’S MEMO ON LAUREN HUTTON
Diana Vreeland wrote a memo in 1970 regarding the model and actress Lauren Hutton. It reads…
“This girl is obviously on her way to being an important star in the movies. I feel that we are not using her importantly enough. We are not working on her make-up, hair, expression. The photographs that I see of her taken from movies are very much more beautiful than anything we do. We never change Lauren. She is still the bug-eyed kid that we originally photographs and the girl has travelled a long way and her movie pictures are beautiful. Please let us take trouble with her and when we are using her let us use her importantly.” – Diana Vreeland, January, 1970.
It led me on a search to find images of Ms Hutton from the pages of Vogue both before and after this note was written. I was curious to see what Vreeland’s words meant but also the creative impact on an iconic face of fashion.
Diana Vreeland Memo
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, April 15, 1971.
(L) Lauren Hutton in her first cover for Vogue. She wears a black satin blouse by Lynn Stewart for Mr. Pants and a coral bead necklace clasped with her own pin from Tiffany & Co. Her hairstyle was created by Alfredo of Via Veneto. Photographed by Bert Stern in Vogue US, November 15, 1966. (R) Lauren Hutton for the magazine cover. Photographed by Gianni Penati in Vogue US, August 15, 1968.
(L) Lauren Hutton by Irving Penn for, Vogue December 1968. (R) Still from the movie Paper Lion. Lauren Hutton stars alongside Alan Alda, 1968.
Model Lauren Hutton photographed by Francesco Scavullo in Vogue US, November 1975.
Lauren Hutton reclining in a dress by Haltson. Photographed by Francesco Scavullo, Vogue, September 1975.
(L) Lauren Hutton in Bali. Hair: Christophe Carita. Photographed by Arnaud De Rosnay in Vogue US, December 1970. (R) Lauren Hutton in a shot from the Condé Nast archives. Photographed by Richard Avedon,1970.