Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, an exhilarating and inspiring documentary about the life and times of the infamous socialite-turned-fashion magazine editor, hits theaters today.
The Hollywood Reporter talked with the film’s producer/director Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who grew up mesmerized by the iconic editor’s work in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and ended up marrying her grandson.
Although she never met Vreeland, who died in 1989, she initially began research for a book about her by the same name. After she found so much material suited for a film, she ended up producing and directing one, as well as doing the book.
Using photography, film clips, interviews with the doyenne's friends and coworkers, Immordino Vreeland has revealed the essence of this extraordinary captivating self-created woman who embraced modern life, global culture and the youthquake of her era, from Hollywood stars and the British music and fashion invasion.Initially hired by Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow in 1936, Vreeland spent 25 years at Bazaar creating wild fashion fantasies before becoming the influential editor-in-chief of Vogue.
After turning the magazine into the most culturally relevant publication in fashion history, she was fired from Vogue because of office politics. Her third act was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, where she curated outlandish and extravagant exhibitions that shocked the Met’s more traditional members but thrilled a new generation.
No doubt Vreeland would have loved the MET’s upcoming 2013 exhibition, entitled "Punk: Chaos to Couture", which will focus on the British punk movement's impact on fashion, culture and music.
"DV," as she is often known, encouraged people around her, and, through her work in Vogue, and an entire generation, to embrace the new, to constantly recreate themselves and live the lives they want with enthusiasm, humor and passion.
This comes shining through in Immordino Vreeland’s inspiring documentary, a fitting tribute to this one-of-a-kind woman. The next film project for Immordino Vreeland is yet another fascinating and powerful woman, Peggy Guggenheim.