SIMON FOSTER

The Eye Has to Travel

Dec 02 2012

I just watched a won­der­ful doc­u­men­tary film The Eye Has to Travel about the life and work of for­mer Harper’s Bazaar fash­ion edi­tor and Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vree­land, an essen­tial piece of view­ing for any­one even remotely creative.

Dur­ing Diana Vreeland’s fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fash­ion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onas­sis, and estab­lished count­less trends that have with­stood the test of time. She was the fash­ion edi­tor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for twenty-five years before becom­ing editor-in-chief of Vogue, fol­lowed by a remark­able stint at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum of Art’s Cos­tume Insti­tute, where she helped pop­u­lar­ize its his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions. DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an inti­mate por­trait and a vibrant cel­e­bra­tion of one of the most influ­en­tial women of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, an endur­ing icon who has had a strong influ­ence on the course of fash­ion, beauty, pub­lish­ing and culture.