|Image courtesy of DianaVreeland.com|
“You gotta have style. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody. And I’m not talking about a lot of clothes”
The Eye, The Inspiration & The Facilitator of Chic
As Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar from 1936-1962, Vreeland was considered to be one of the most influential style setters amongst magazines and society elite. The Eye Has to Travel is a fashion documentary showcasing her time at Harper’s and the iconic creatives she worked with including: Louis Dahl-Wolfe, Richard Avedon and Alexy Brodovitch and those she discovered: Lauren Bacall and Edie Sedgwick.
The film draws you into her world of eccentric ideas and innovative, visual storytelling where you watch Vreeland revolutionize these magazines, her magazines into the cohesive mix of art, music and fashion they are today. She is best known for her portraiture of music legends Simon & Garfunkle and Mick Jagger with his infamous lips within her December Issue.
Although I knew some history of Diana Vreeland, I was most in awe of her time after Harper’s (1971-1984) in which she became a special consultant for The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Creating contemporary “celebrations of history”, she soon turned critics into believers of fashion as a high art to be respected and revered. The MET’s most noted exhibition, The Savage (Alexander McQueen!) received a truly amazing 650,000 attendees and lies on record as the 8th biggest show in MET history.
Presently at the MET, Punk: Chaos to Couture (through August 14th) focuses on another high impact trend – punk + high fashion. Highly recommend!
Diana represents not only vision, but reinvention at a time when such bold moves were rarely even considered as a woman. She maneuvered her career in many different directions, but always relied on her innate sense of style, confidence and fearlessness. For that, I find her truly inspiring.
“I’m terrible on facts. But I always have an idea. If you have an idea, you’re well ahead”