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The Empress of Fashion: Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland edited Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, ran the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hung out with Warhol, advised Jackie O, launched Twiggy’s career and brought David Bailey’s pictures to the US. In short she changed the face of modern fashion in the 20th century. This film of her life Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is a celebration of one of the most influential women in fashion EVER. caught up with the film's director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (her granddaughter-in-law) to find out more...

What made you make the film?

I wanted to redefine Diana Vreeland for a younger generation to show her true contributions.

Your husband is her grandson did that effect the way you made the film?

I think that since my name includes the Vreeland name - it gave me much more access to people.  But I did not feel compromised in any way in telling my story.  Since I was telling Mrs. Vreeland’s story I was much more interested in knowing her own memories than my husband’s of her as a grandmother.

The film includes interviews with David Bailey and Manolo Blahnik among many other esteemed fashionistas. Who was the most interesting person you spoke to?

It is hard to pin point one person as I found them all so interesting but I loved speaking to her friends, co workers and her family best. 

What’s the biggest lesson Diana taught you about fashion?

She was very much of an oracle and her philosophy was so much more about fashion it was about life.  She once said "it is not about the new dress you wear but about the life you lead in the dress."  Mrs. Vreeland was much more interested in the texture of a woman. 

Watch the trailer here...



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