Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything: The Fabulous Life of Diana Vreeland By Deborah Blumenthal & Illustrated By Rachel Katstaller

Back of Book:

Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything captures the dramatic, spectacular world of fashion icon Diana Vreeland, whose legacy at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art continues to influence the fashion world today. As a little girl in Paris, Vreeland loved to read and dance, and most of all dress up. Her love of originality persisted through her career in fashion, where her work was colorful, zany, and never, ever boring. Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything captures Vreeland’s larger-than-life personality with an infectiously extravagant tone and style, showing young readers that above dazzling and daring, being yourself makes the most lasting impact of all.

Back of Book:

I received a digital copy of this picture book from author Deborah Blumenthal in exchange for an honest review.

Violet Violet With Everything: The Fabulous Life of Diana Vreeland by Deborah Blumenthal is a stunning nonfiction narrative about the life and fashion of Diana Vreeland. 

Diana was born in Paris and fell in love with all things fashionable. Although her mother called her plain, Diana adored dressing up and wearing the brightest colors she could find. She also loved dancing, which is how she caught the attention of the editor-in-chief of Harper Bazaars Magazine. Diana’s first article titled Why Don’t You? encouraged women to stand out in different, and unique ways. In later years, Diana went on to create fashionable statements atThe Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Throughout her life, Diana showcased the idea that fashion should always be fun, colorful, and make a statement. 

I love that this book is written using first-person verse. The lyrical text draws readers into the creative, and quirky world of Diana Vreeland. The illustrations by Rachel Katstaller are vibrant and match the style of an incredible fashion icon. The extra back matter makes this an excellent book for classroom or home libraries. 

Ages 5 and up

48 Pages 

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