Diana Vreeland – The Eye Must Travel

by Joelle

” You are not supposed to give people what they want, It’s supposed to give them what they don’t know they want yet !” – Diana Vreeland

Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed” and “Pink is the navy blue of India“. You could fill an encyclopedia with her extraordinary bon motes and diktates. Diana Vreeland legendary editor of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue America, and museum special consultant and fashion exhibition curator but most of all extraordinary visionary and revolutionary of fashion system is now the star of the newly released book and  movie ” Diana Vreeland the Eye Must Travel ” .

It’s an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever.

Diane was born in Paris in 1903, daughter of an elegant Scottish banker and a sophisticated American socialite, in 1936 she began her work with Harper’s Bazaar, of which she became fashion editor in 1939. Meticulous and visionary at the same time, she invented a profession, and it was fashion that followed her.

 During her fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy , advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She was the fashion editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met’s Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections.
I watched last night the movie at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan and I have enjoyed it tremendously.  While watching the movie, I tried to write down all the interesting quotes  on my phone, the exquisite sense of humor during the several interviews in her sumptuous apartment and got extremely inspired buy the courage, imagination, creativity and personality of this fashion icon of all times. I truly appreciated her taste for exoticism, adventure and how she practically invented the concept of women glamour . I realized that with her first publication ‘ Why Don’t You” she was ahead of all times being the first and unique  authentic “blogger”
I enjoyed seeing live Richard Avedon and Yves Saint Laurent in their 20S and Mick Jagger  sexy speech at early age. ” Those Lips!”
 Diana Vreeland was a perfectionist and at the same time a visionary, she made me understand that one’s dreams are the only valuable aspect of one’s life , therefore the importance of following those with passion and most of all courage.
The only very good life and that’s the life that you want and you make it for yourself
If you are into fashion, I recommend you to see the movie and let me know your thoughts.
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