Diana Vreeland’s Eye – For Your Eyes

Diana Vreeland, wasn’t called the “Empress of Fashion” lightly. The editor who started it all – working at Harper’s Bazaar for a quarter century, then taking the (Hermès?) reigns at a little publication called Vogue, had an eye on the world of culture, design, fashion and art  – that changed the way we saw those things.

It was also she, who revolutionized the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, thus introducing us to fashion as art form – an ongoing conversation to this very day. (Oh, what she must have thought of the unprecedented attendance numbers for McQueen’s Savage Beauty!).

Diana Vreeland The Eye Has to Travel Film Still on exshoesme.com
Smoke and mirrors - a mirror of our visual lives, reflected.

Well now, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel – a documentary by her grand daughter-in-law (whom she did not know), Lisa Immordino Vreeland, along with Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frédéric Tcheng (who also edited Valentino’s glorious doc), takes a look at that infamous eye and shows us a little of Ms. Vreeland’s inner world.

The documentary screened last week as part of the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado and initially at la Biennale di Venezia. Here’s a statement from the director, from the entry in Venice:

“Last year, as I was conducting research for a book I’m writing on Mrs. Vreeland, I realised that her real strengths and subtleties needed to be conveyed in a three-dimensional platform in which she could come alive. Film is the most obvious and effective medium to communicate Mrs. Vreeland’s unique and visual journey. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel will be more than just an intimate portrait of the legendary fashion icon. It will capture Vreeland’s life visually through a multitude of media. Vreeland’s own voice and persona – strong, eloquent and often very exaggerated – will guide us through her life, adventures, accomplishments and passions.”

-Lisa Immordino Vreeland

I was hoping it would be shown here at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn’t – publicly. However,  it was shown to industry types, including IFC, Magnolia, Sony Pictures Classics and Music Box – but it was Samuel Goldwyn Films that made the first acquisition deal at this year’s TIFF – nabbing North American distribution rights.

The film is due for release in 2012, with a companion book and exhibition planned in Venice. More details as I have them – I cannot wait for this one!

Diana Vreeland The Eye Has to Travel Book Cover on exshoesme.com
Another book for the sartorial shelf.

There are a couple of other great tomes about Ms. Vreeland that you should pick up, to tide you over until next year.

[Update Nov 25: Sorry, my dears – the trailer I had originally posted has been taken down for now – think it was likely a promo for the film fest circuit. I’ll re-post as soon as the official trailer is available. The film will have limited release in May, 2012.]

Images: Vogue Italia and Amazon, respectively.

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