Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

(USA, 2012, 86 mins, DCP)
CAST Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Anjelica Huston, Diane von Furstenberg, Twiggy, Verushka, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein
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The opening night will be introduced by Ivan Sayers, Vancouver’s foremost fashion historian.

In her own words, Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) had the “extraordinary luck to be born in Paris,” a fitting birthplace for a woman who went on to dictate the sartorial zeitgeist for much of her lifetime. Both the inventor and embodiment of the term "pizzazz", Vreeland cut a striking figure with a distinctive bob, almost masculine features and an inimitable drawl.

Starting out as a columnist for Harper’s Bazaar in the late 1930s, Vreeland’s flamboyant, tongue-in-cheek column “Why Don’t You?” quickly established her irreverent, extravagant persona. Going on to on to become the magazine’s fashion editor, and later making Vogue what it still is today, she would shape the fashion landscape of the 20th Century, and in doing so, reshape the way women thought of themselves.

Featuring luminaries such as David Bailey, Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Anjelica Huston and many more, this tribute to one of our greatest style mavens, directed by her granddaughter-in-law, blends archival material, interviews and animation with a chic, assured hand that would have met with the firm approval of its elegant subject.

"Makes a compelling case for the late Diana Vreeland as the 20th century’s pre-eminent tastemaker, not to mention one of its most extravagant personalities." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"4 out of 5… Captivating… Insightful." Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle