Diana Vreeland: the eye has to travel

The Eye Has To Travel is a new documentary celebrating  the life of Diana Vreeland, one of the most influential fashion editors of the 20th century and proclaimer of fabulous fashion proverbs (including “Never fear being vulgar, just boring”, and A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste…no taste is what I’m against”).

Three-years in the making, the film is directed by the wife of Vreeland’s grandson, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, and includes commentary from fashion insiders including Anna Sui and Diane Von Furstenberg. Lisa was originally conducting research for a commemorative book, but came to the realization that it was a film that was needed; a multi-dimensional platform to reveal the subtleties of her particular character.

The Eye Has to Travel comes hot on the sensibly-shod heels of Richard Press’ sensitive portrayal of street style photographer Bill Cunningham in Bill Cunningham New York, which itself upped the stakes in the fashion documentary genre. Expect an intimate, in-depth and imaginative feature that dares to be as different as Diana Vreeland herself.

There’s an excellent early review from Cathy Horyn on the New York Times blog, and loads of great archive images on the comprehensive Diana Vreeland website.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel will premiere during New York Fashion week, and is due to be released in the UK on September 21.

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