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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel - Film Review

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by Richard Leathem (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Published December 28th 2012
Following on from The September Issue and Bill Cunningham New York comes another bio on a fashion industry icon. This time former Harper's Bazaar and Vogue fashion editor Diana Vreeland.

As you'd expect from a film about fashion, its a good looking doco, with plenty of arresting photo stills and a selection of clips from old films wittily edited into the stream of talking heads rhapsodising about Vreeland's vision and ability to discover new talent and trends.

Like previous subjects Anna Wintour and Bill Cunningham, Vreeland is reticent to talk about her private life and the only meaningful relationships she expands on are professional ones. If fashion is all about appearances, Vreeland seems to be happy to keep it that way, remaining playfully evasive on personal issues.

Photograph by: Horst P. Horst, 1979

The end result is a string of affectionate reminiscences, particularly about the heady fashion revolutions of the 1920's and 60's. The interviews with Vreeland herself are full of spark and amusing one-liners: "The best thing about London is Paris!"

Photograph by: James Karales

Fittingly, though, it's superficial fun, and even at 77 minutes, it begins to wane near the end. It would've made a great hour long made-for-cable doco.

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Why? One of the true fashion icons of the 20th century.
Where: At selected cinemas
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