Friday, October 19, 2012

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

Diana Vreeland, at home in her "garden in Hell".  Photograph: Horst P. Horst, 1979.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is a wildly entertaining and inspiring film which documents the life and work of the fashion icon.  Vreelands’s style, wit and outlandish persona are captured in a series of video interviews, most of which were filmed in her famous red Manhattan sitting room she fondly referred to as “a garden in Hell”.  These chats are intermixed with glorious fashion photography (from her reigns at Bazaar and Vogue) plus interviews (with photographers, designers, models and Vreeland’s children) which illustrate her larger than life ideas and the atmosphere that she created.  With little patience for school, much of her vision was a combination of instinct and personal exposure to beauty.  She found great excitement in looking ahead to the newest, next thing. 

Vreeland’s energy level never waned—in her seventies, her days were spent revitalizing the Met’s Costume Institute and at night, she was often spotted at Studio 54.  Her musings on everything from passion to Coco Chanel and leopards to skateboarding are sure to make you laugh and admire this vivacious style “racehorse” whose influence remains as alive as ever today.

"A world without a leopard in it - who would want to live in that?" - Diana Vreeland.

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