A film about the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has to Travel hits theaters today. She was the legendary fashion editor and curator that fashion mavens have modeled themselves after ever since.
Kay Thompson (author of the Eloise book series) used her as a muse in her portrayal of a fashion editor in Audrey Hepburn's "Funny Face
". She shaped the look of magazines like American Vogue and Harper's Bazaar (where ex-assistant actress Ali McGraw worked and described the experience). She made the costume department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a landmark of fashion.
Diana Vreeland's grandaughter, director Lisa Immordino Vreeland painstakingly researched her grandmother-in-law's life from the Belle Epoque, roaring 20's to swinging 60's. She was the pioneering mix of High/Low culture, blending street jargon with eloquent sophistication. Anecdotes in the film are recalled by everyone from Diane Sawyer to Andy Warhol. The director worked with the editing team behind Valentino: the Last Emperor, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frédéric Tcheng.
The editor in her apartment, which she wanted to look like “a garden in hell.” ((c) Estate of Horst P. Horst-Art + Commerce / Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films)