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Diana Vreeland Life Documentary Debuts in Paris

Sophie Elkus |
October 1, 2012 | 10:03 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Legendary Parisian style icon Diana Vreeland saw the city of lights once more on screen during the Friday debut of the documentary “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.” Edited by the granddaughter-in-law she never knew, Lisa Immordino, the film drew a crowd of fashion heavyweights like designer L’Wren Scott, creative director of Vogue Grace Coddington and photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Style.com reported.

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The documentary was screened at Paris’ Pagota theater. Post-show guests were given a red gift box with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and bottle of scotch, representing Vreeland’s notorious daily lunches while editing Vogue. The box also contained a card with the editor’s favorite saying, “Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world.”

Vreeland began her career in her mid-30’s working for Harper’s Bazaar but hit her stride in her 60’s as editor of American Vogue, reported the Washington Post. She took her firing of the position as opportunity to transform the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute from an unknown gallery to a mecca fit for the annual Met Ball.

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The film highlights Vreeland’s career highlights through notable interview subjects including Angelica Huston and photographer Avedon, the Washington Post reported. It also shows her unpredictable personality, which became the basis suspected for current Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s intimidation. Though she died in 1987, Vreeland’s influence is felt long after her death through editorial fashion, photography and design.

ALSO SEE: Washington Post: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel


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