Why Don’t You….watch “The Eye Has to Travel”

I watched the documentary Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel over the weekend and it is an absolute must-see. I was totally transfixed from beginning to end.

Diana Vreeland

“I was the most hideous thing in the world”, Diana Vreeland told an interviewer in 1977 and perhaps because of this, she became the champion of the eclectic woman and the unconventional beauties of the world.

I won’t spoil her story here, you must definitely watch the film, but she was well known for her “Why Don’t You…” column in Harper’s Bazaar in the late 30’s which involved bizarre suggestions like “Why don’t you twist (your child’s) pigtails round her ears like macaroons!”

As you can imagine as fashion editor for Harper’s Bizarre and then Vogue, she delighted in the extraordinary and her fashion shots are still some of the most talked about. She launched many a face and made a huge impact in developing a more cosmopolitan consciousness in the world of fashion.

So I thought I would just highlight a few of her favourite people so you can get a taste for the film. Do, do watch it – it’s total escapism and a history of fashion all in one …..

Lauren Bacall, Diana Vreeland

The lady who discovered Lauren Bacall

Irving Penn, Geisha, Diana VreelandDiana loved Geisha girls (as pictured by Irving Penn in 1970)

Barbara Steisand, Vogue, Diana Vreeland

Barbara Streisand

Mick Jagger, Diana Vreeland

Mick Jagger photographed by David Bailey 1964

Rouge et Noir, Diaghliev's Ballet Russes, Diana Vreeland 1939

Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes 1939

Maria Callas, Diana Vreeland

Maria Callas

Lauren Hutton, Diana VreelandLauren Hutton

I shall now leave you for a week, as it’s half term here and it will no doubt be chaos….Cx

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One comment

  1. I just love her!!!!!!!!! Read the book a couple of years ago…..she was so fabulous. Creative, chic, hard working, positive, generous, true to herself etc etc…a true style icon. (But probably not the greatest mother unfortunately.) Nevertheless, Bravo Diana Vreeland! We can’t be good at everything I guess.

    Do you know that every single post that I read on your blog is fantastic!!!!!!!
    Merci beaucoup darling Carolyn.

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