Film Review – Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

13 / 12 / 2012

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Film enthusiast Janny Ryan takes a look at the outr é and influential life of Diana Vreeland in The Eye Has to Travel – a documentary now screening at cinemas across the country.

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is a documentary about a seemingly ageless woman of wit and style who inspires you to live bigger. Long-time journalist and editor at Harper’s Bazaar and US Vogue, Vreeland was born in Paris in 1903 to a privileged artistic life. Ballet Russes members frequented the family home and dance was pivotal to her early years.

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Vreeland knew everybody and went everywhere. In 1920s New York, she visited Harlem clubs (viewers are treated to a great little snippet of Josephine Baker performing a dance routine). In 1940s London, she designed lingerie and believed she was instrumental in bringing down a future monarch: Wallis Simpson bought up big for a weekend away with paramour and future husband Prince Edward of Wales. In the 50s, Vreeland turned her back on American society’s ‘hostess’ traditions. In the 60s, there was Andy Warhol’s Factory and a young Jackie Kennedy seeking fashion guidance for her husband’s presidential inauguration. When London fashion and photography took England by storm, Vreeland knew it was time to shake things up at US Vogue. She could be a challenging boss, but staff were forgiving. Her dynamism won them over. After being sacked from Vogue and left reeling by the inactivity in her life, she was saved by the offer of a curating job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her openings were legendary, despite many curators disapproving of such populism.

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opcje binarne allegro Portrait by Horst P Horst, 1979, courtesy photographer’s estate / Art + Commerce & The Quietus

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الخيارات الثنائية تخضع للضريبة في الولايات المتحدة Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland is Diana’s granddaughter-in-law. A recurring interview with Vreeland and her biographer – US journalist George Plimpton – runs throughout. Colleagues, models, photographers and actors also provide insights into this larger-than-life personality. Vreeland revelled in the fashion shoot, demanding that it ‘tell a story,’ and briefed her photographers in such a way that brought out the best in them. The results were often extraordinary – lavish, exotic and escapist. Actor Ali MacGraw (Vreeland’s put-upon PA for a time) features in Vreeland’s line-up of admirers, as do models-cum-actors Anjelica Huston and Lauren Bacall. She had a soft spot for Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, and the young David Bailey benefited from Vreeland’s exacting eye. UK model Twiggy was another favourite.

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binaire optie is gokken Vreeland skirts around some personal issues that Plimpton raises, but states that her mother spoke of her as an ugly duckling – while not a classic beauty, she commanded attention with her polish and persona. When her beloved husband of 40 plus years died of cancer, her staff could offer little comfort. Vreeland avoids the subject in the interview.

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iq optional Vreeland’s eye never stopped travelling: she wished she’d surfed, admired skateboarding, and was enthralled by the sheer beauty and power of horses. Against the grain of the times, she promoted the bikini and showcased blue denim. Vreeland loved extremes and used it as a motif: long noses were shown in profile, long necks were photographed at an angle that elongated them further. Extremism extended to her mothering, telling her young sons to either come top or last in their class, never in the middle!

كيف تبدأ تداول الفوركس studiare le opzioni binarie If you’re someone who enjoys reading Vogue from cover to cover at the hairdressers, you’re bound to enjoy Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. If you don’t, I suspect you’ll enjoy the story of this woman’s talent and eccentricity anyway.