Fashion Film Alert: Diana Vreeland Documentary

7 Sep

There is a tacit agreement among all serious fashion lovers that Diana Vreeland is among the most influential people in the history of the industry and easily the most influential fashion editor. Her fierce adherence to the cult of individuality is a spirit that has not wavered, at least not in the indie fashion press. We have been disappointed in the past with rumblings of a biopics/documentaries being made of Ms. Vreeland, only to have nothing come of it. When we heard about the lineup at this year’s Venice Film Festival, we were beyond thrilled to see that a new documentary on Vreeland was indeed made and was screened there last week.

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland (she is married to Vreeland’s grandson, Alexander), “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel”: explores the extraordinary life and career of the legendary editor. It follows her work through stints at Harper’s Bazaar, US Vogue and finally as a Special Consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.  The film features interviews with industry insiders, among them Ingrid Sischy, Angelica Huston, Pierre Berge and Ali McGraw, who once worked as Vreeland’s assistant. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also an accompanying coffee table book that will soon be released. As if you couldn’t tell, we are dying to see this film.  

 

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