Documentary Honors Fashion Icon in Trailer For ‘Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel’

Written by on August 8, 2012 

In 1936, Diana Vreeland became a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, beginning a career that would influence American taste for generations to come. After joining Vogue in 1962, the High Priestess of Fashion took the distinguished magazine by storm with her preternatural ability to invent and discover new ideas, designers, personalities, and photographers. The outgoing Vreeland also charmed with a personality as daring and youthful as her style choices, making her a beloved public face of the fashion world.

Now 23 years after her death, she’s the subject of the documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. It was directed by her granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who worked with co-directors Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frédéric Tcheng to create what looks like a sumptuous portrait of Vreeland’s life and career. We caught it Dallas International Film Festival and praised it, saying it was a riveting look at her life. See below for trailer and synopsis [via Fandango]:


This documentary takes a look at the fascinating life and career of legendary Vogue editor in chief Diana Vreeland, who helped engineer the iconic style of Twiggy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, served as a pioneer for women in the publishing industry, and advocated tirelessly for the betterment of culture, art, and fashion in the 20th century.

The film – a companion piece to the similarly titled book Immordino Vreeland published last year – made its American debut at the 2011 Telluride Film Festival. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel will open to limited release on September 21st.

Are you familiar with Vreeland’s work? Would you watch a documentary about her life? 

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