The Eye Has to Travel

“We used to wish for any mother but this one.” So lamented the sons of, arguably, one of the world’s greatest fashion editors and icons: Diana Vreeland.  Their loss was fashion’s gain.

Diana Vreeland lived from 1903 to 1989 and she spent her last years with the same energy and enthusiasm as her younger years – she always wanted to be where the action was.  The Eye Has to Travel is a new documentary all about Diana and since she was inseparable from fashion and photography it is is a celebration of that too.

With a wicked and mischievous sense of humour, Diana Vreeland narrates the film with snippets from a series of interviews she conducted with her biographer.  Her mother told her she was ugly all the time, especially compared to her sister.  She had a good life and married well but she realised that she would need to work in order to fund the lifestyle she wanted.

Diana Vreeland arguably invented fashion as we know it.  She didn’t design the clothes but she determined what would work in each new era that was unfolding before her.  Remember she lived at the time of both world wars, the Kennedys, the sexual revolution of the 60s, 70s and 80s.  How the world changed in that time!  Now we just re-hash designs from those decades.

Women’s roles were changing too and she also reflected that.  Diana’s husband was a Yale graduate and international banker but he was the homemaker and fully supported her lifestyle.

The Eye Has to Travel is on selected release throughout the world, I saw it over the weekend and it’s smashing!!  I will leave you with one of her many wonderful quotes:

 “Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world.”


2 Comments to “The Eye Has to Travel”

  1. Is this movie still on release?

  2. No it isn’t! Guess we’ll have to watch on the small screen

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