Occasionally spectacular portrait of editor

19:44, Nov 23 2012
Diana Vreeland
FASHION CONSCIOUS: Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue stalwart Diana Vreeland.

DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL (86min) THREE AND A HALF STARS
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland.

After two decades at Harper's Bazaar, Diana Vreeland edited Vogue from 1963 to 1971. She is widely credited with being responsible for that society bible remaining relevant, and more popular than ever, through the massive social upheavals of those years.

Vreeland was a pop culture icon in the decade that invented pop culture. She partied with The Beatles, Warhol, and Bowie. She made the names of many designers, and of photographers Richard Avedon and David Bailey.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel, directed by Vreeland's granddaughter by marriage, is an affectionate look at a woman who was utterly her own creation.

Vreeland could be frighteningly aloof and distant to her own family, but she had nothing but enthusiasm for genius and artistry in others wherever she saw it.

Co-director Frederic Tcheng was an editor on Valentino: The Last Emperor. This film doesn't have the jaw-dropping flair of that stunner, nor does it really burrow behind the mask, but it is a serviceable - and occasionally spectacular - portrait of an endlessly fascinating era, and of one of its creators.

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