Sunday, 9 September 2012

Diana Vreeland : The Eye Has to Travel, 21 September 2012! Xx

 “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel” 

is the first feature length documentary
on Fashion's Legendary Editor.
It premiered at the Venice International Film Festival,
and is due for release here in London and NYC on 21 September 2012.

Sparkle Style cannot wait! Xx

Above: the Legendary Diana Vreeland

 It is directed by Lisa Immordino
who is married to Diana Vreeland's Grandson Alexander 
Lisa Immordino

here is the trailer on YouTube

The Documentary features Ali McGraw 
who was her assistant on Harpers Bazaar, 
Anjelica Huston, Diane von Furstenberg, 
Anna Sui, Lauren Hutton and Manolo Blahnik.
Andy Warhol, Diane Sawyer, and Veruschka
among many others.
It covers Vreeland's upbringing in the Belle Epoque Paris, 
London in the 20s, 
and NYC in the 60s. 
All amazing historical moments of fashion 
alongside the evolution of women 
in the workplace.

Vreeland is to be the 19th person to be honoured with a 
plaque on the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style,
joining Grace Kelly, Donatella Versace Giorgio Armani
and Tom Ford.

Check the FB Page

She was born as Diana Dalziel in Paris, 
(July 29, 1903, Paris, France – August 22, 1989, New York City)

at 5 Avenue Bois de Boulogne (Avenue Foch since World War I).
 Vreeland was the eldest daughter of American
socialite mother Emily Key Hoffman (1876-1928) 
and British father Frederick Young Dalziel (d.1960). 
Hoffman was a descendant of George Washington's brother.

Vreeland's family emigrated to the 
United States at the outbreak of World War I, 
and moved to 15 East 77th Street in New York, 
where they became prominent figures in society. 
Vreeland was sent to dancing school 
and was a pupil of Michel Fokine, 
the only Imperial ballet master to ever leave Russia, 
and later of Louis Chalif. 
Vreeland performed in Pavlova's Gavotte at Carnegie Hall.

On March 1, 1924, Diana Dalziel married 
Thomas Reed Vreeland (1899–1966), 
a banker, at St. Thomas' Church in New York,
She had two sons 
Tim (Thomas Reed Vreeland Jr.) born 1925, 
who became an architect 
as well as a professor of architecture at UCLA,
 and Frecky Frederick Dalziel Vreeland b.1927 
(later U.S. ambassador to Morocco)

In 1929 when the Vreelands moved to London and Diana 
opened a lingerie shop near Berkeley Square. 
She bought most of her 
clothes in Paris where knew the top couturiers well.
  The Vreeland's friends included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor 
and Singer sewing heiress, Daisy Fellowes,
who was Editor-in-Chief of French Harpers Bazaar
check my Post:

 Diana Vreeland Portrait by Louise Dahl-Wolfe

They moved back to New York and Vreeland worked at Harper's Bazaar 

from 1937 -1962 under Editor Carmel Snow writing a 

column called "Why Don't You?",
which had such suggestions as:
 "Why don't you tie black tulle bows on your wrists?,
and perhaps the most famous:
 "Why Don't You wash your blond child's hair in dead champagne,
 as they do in France."

Diana Vreeland helped establish 
actress Lauren Bacall's career, and photographed her for
Harper's Bazaar cover in 1943
outside a American Red Cross Office.

Lauren Bacall on Harpers Bazaar Cover 1943

The Character of Maggie Prescott in the 1957 Film funny face 

was based on Vreeland

Check the trailer below:


Vreeland was portrayed in the film Infamous (2006) by Juliet Stevenson.
Juliet Stevenson as Diana Vreeland in Infamous

She was also portrayed in the film Factory Girl (2006) 
starring Sienna Miller ,
 by Ileana Douglas check the trailer below.

 Model Lisa Foussagrives, Diana Vreeland and Photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe

As Fashion Editor for Harpers Bazaar Vreeland 
worked closely with Photographers Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Nancy White, Alexey Brodovitch and of course Richard Avedon  
Richard Avedon said when he first met Diana Vreeland 
and worked for Harper's Bazaar
"Vreeland returned to her desk, 
looked up at me for the first time and said, 
'Aberdeen, Aberdeen, doesn't it make you want to cry?' 
Well, it did. I went back to Carmel Snow and said,
 'I can't work with that woman. 
She calls me Aberdeen.' And Carmel Snow said,
 'You're going to work with her.'
 And I did, to my enormous benefit, for almost 40 years."
Avedon said at the time of her death: 
'"She was and remains the only genius fashion editor."
In 1955, the Vreelands moved to a new apartment 
which was decorated exclusively in red where they had 
parties attended by C.Z. Guest, Cole Porter and Cecil Beaton. 
As Vreeland said "Red is the great clarifier - bright and revealing. 
I can't imagine becoming bored with red.
 It would be like becoming bored with the person you love."

When John F. Kennedy became president in 1960 
Diana Vreeland advised the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
on her wardrobe.

Vreeland became Editor-in-chief of US Vogue from 1963 until 1971,
working with Edie Sedgewick, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, 
Marisa Berenson, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, 
and Mick Jagger among many others. 

Jean Shrimpton on US Vogue Cover

Twiggy US Vogue July 1967 

Vreeland with Andy Warhol
with Marisa Berenson (Schiaperelli's Grandaughter)

The 1980 Cover of Interview with Vreeland in her
signature Red.

Like Chanel, Vreeland absolutely adored Venice
photographed here outside the Basilica di St Marco

She became consultant to the Costume Institute 
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
 in New York in 1971,
 and had organised twelve exhibitions  by 1984.
And of course Established the 'Oscars of the East Coast'
The Annual Costume Institute Exhibition and Gala
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Check my Posts:
Artist Greer Lankton created a life size portrait doll 
of Vreeland that is on display at the museum -
which reminds us of the Yayoi Kusama one
in the windows of Louis Vuitton stores around the world right now.
Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint Laurent

The Diana Vreeland Estate is run by Alexander Vreeland, 

Diana Vreeland's grandson and Frederick's son. 
                                      The official Diana Vreeland website 
was launched in September 2011. 

Check this link for details on
the Eye has to Travel on imdb

Release Date 21 September 2012 

Here are some wonderful quotes from
the marvellous and inspiring Diana Vreeland!Xx

"Fashion must be the intoxicating release from the banality of the world"

"Never fear being vulgar, just boring"

"I'm a great believer in vulgarity - if it's got vitality. 
 A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika.  
We all need a splash of bad taste - it's hearty it's healthy, it's physical. 
 I think we could use more of it.  NO taste is what I'm against"

"I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity."

"The only real elegance is in the mind; 
if you've got that, the rest really comes from it."

"I always wear my sweater back-to-front; it is so much more flattering."

"From the time I got married at eighteen until the time 
I went to work in 1937, twelve years - I read.  
Reed [Vreeland] and I would read things together out loud,
 which was marvellous.  
That was the charm of it - when you've heard the word
 it means so much more than if you've only seen it"

"Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola."

"I think your imagination is your reality"

"I'm terrible on facts.  But I always have an idea.  
If you have an idea, you're well ahead"

"All my life I've pursued the perfect red. 
 I can never get painters to mix it for me. 
 It's exactly as if I'd said, 
'I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it 
and a bit of Buddhist temple'" 

"What do I think about the way most people dress?
Most people are not something one thinks about"

"I adore Pink - It is the navy blue of India." 

and finally

"Style is everything ... Style is a way of life

Without it you're nobody!"

Until next time J Xx

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