Why Don't You... Watch "The Eye Has To Travel" about Diana Vreeland?

Friday, September 14, 2012


I recently caught a screening of The Eye Has To Travel, a documentary about iconic fashion editor, Diana Vreeland, formerly of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.  Here was a woman who captured the spirit of the times, and was in fact, ahead of her time as a modern working woman, and someone who came into the fashion world later in life without a formal education.  Even in her later years, working tirelessly as a curator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she brought drama and glamour into an otherwise dry presentation of costume fashion.


 I highly recommend the film for a slice of fashion and cultural history (she lived through more than seven fashion-driven decades, starting with her favorite reference point, the Roaring 20s).  There were times during the film when theatergoers laughed at the outrageous statements Mrs. Vreeland was making about her life, and fashion in general.  It was also a balanced portrait of Vreeland, a workaholic who put the needs of her career often, it seemed, above her own children.  Mrs. Vreeland was not a conventional beauty, but she brought lots of beauty into the world, including a beautiful family, who were interviewed in the movie and portrayed shades of her personal life with a mixture of wistfulness (she was no orthodox mother) and reverence.  Go see it next week!

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