“You gotta have style. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody.”
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is a documentary about the life and career of Diana Vreeland, the “Empress of Fashion” and fashion pioneer. I really enjoyed this well-written documentary about the influential editor as it not only covered her career at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue but also had interviews with other top fashion figures discussing Diana and even interviews with the lady herself. I found her very fascinating and I learned a lot not just about her but what I can do with my career also.
“She created beauty and she created wealth”
Diana Vreeland launched a whole generation. She was not only responsible for the fashion look of the magazines she worked for but also the fashion of that time. She understood film, and music, and brought us into the modern period. She moved fashion forward. And right now, “no one has equaled her” yet.
“You have to give people what they can’t at home. Travel to their mind. Give them what they never knew they wanted.
The Eye Has To Travel is a very compelling title because it makes you wonder the meaning behind it. After watching the film, it was clear that you have to look beyond what you’re seeing. You have to broaden your knowledge and your outlook on everything.
“Appeared like she didn’t edit herself”
In a world where we are surrounded by lots of editing – whether from the media, the blogosphere or other – Diana appeared like she didn’t edit herself. She had a risky and blunt tone of voice that is rare nowadays for which she still famous and remembered for. This prompted me to think about my blog. For it to stand out from the other 149 FCP students, it has to have a different perspective, needs to be unique and not too polished. So whenever I come across an interesting article, website or a film, I want to feature it on here and not just talk about what other people are including on their own blog.
“She made an asset out of faults”
One of the things that stood out to me was the fact that she didn’t try to conceal her faults. Instead she accentuated a ‘faulty’ profile, like her large nose and she understood the value of uniqueness. I feel like this is a big deal amongst the fashion and beauty industry where it’s seen as a shallow business to be in and you are mostly judged on outer appearances. Diana saw the potentials of a few unique models who otherwise who’d never had given a chance at other publications.
All in all, I very much enjoyed this documentary and it broaden my knowledge on other influential fashion editors.