“The Eye Has to Travel”
through Susie Bubble eye
Prior to watching the documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,
directed by her granddaugher-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland,
I had re-read Diana Vreeland’s autobiography DV and re-flicked through
the coffee table book of the same title (also compiled by Lisa Immordino)
as well as Vreeland’s authored picture-based volume on the quality of Allure.
The documentary visually brings to life the three of those books combined but
it’s only reading all three in addition to the film that you get the full picture.
The DVD for Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, is came out in the UK
on the 29th October, having had a short cinema run and will no doubt making it
into a lot of stockings come Christmas but as I already had the three books at my disposal,
it made watching the film a little like going over a summary of events in a quickened pace.
I’m going to be one of those annoying pedantic folk who says “The book is better”.
That said, for people such as my boyfriend who knew nothing about Diana Vreeland,
the film was an enthralling peek into a world of a woman who had vision by the bucketload.
It’s loosely chronological and takes us from the beginning of Vreeland’s enchanted life
as a girl who had people like Diaghilev and other luminaries waltzing in to her life.
As a young society wife, she was dressed by Coco Chanel and flitted between London,
New York and Paris soaking up the twenties with gusto.
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