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USA 2012
Directed by
Lisa Immordino Vreeland
86 minutes
Rated G

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

Diana Vreeland:The Eye Has to Travel will be a must-see for fashionistas and as it embracing the high water of 20th century fashion from the 1920s to the 1970s it also offers quite a pleasant diversion for the fellow traveller.

Using audio tapes made by Vreeland for her 1984 autobiography "DV, The Eye Has To Travel", various archival television interviews and still photography it follows Vreeland’s story from her childhood amongst the beau monde of Paris in the 1920s to her life as a New York socialite, style maven and editor of fashion bibles Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, then as curator of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and finally, her death in 1989.

The documentary, made with loving attention to detail by her granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, works both as a portrait of a gloriously eccentric woman with a passion for style and a flamboyance worthy of Oscar Wilde or F. Scott Fitzgerald, and of the times she lived through. The film draws not only some fabulous archival material but offer insightful reminiscences from women who worked as models for Vreeland such as Anjelica Huston, Diane von Furstenberg and Marisa Berenson. Clearly she was a difficult woman but more importantly she was also an inspirational one and her story is well worth listening to.

Available from: Madman




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