Thursday, February 14 2013, 08:02 AM MST
DVD Review: Diana Vreeland - The Eye Has To Travel
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
Street Date: February 5, 2013
Available On: DVD
The Film: Diana Vreeland is an iconic journalist who rose to fame as the fashion editor of “Harpe’s Bazaar” before becoming “Vogue” magazine’s editor-in-chief. “The Eye Has to Travel” follows Vreeland’s rise to prominence, her successes as well as a look at her family life.
The Extras: Additional interviews
Recommendation: Almost everything I know about fashion I’ve learned either through music or cinema. “The Eye Has to Travel” mixes elements of “The September Issue” with “Bill Cunningham New York” as assesses Vreelan’s impact on the fashion industry while also examining her personal characteristics and sacrifices. The film is primarily sourced from Vreeland’s autobiography “D.V.” This makes the film a whimsical and often exaggerated tale that is more about atmosphere and persona than it is about hard facts. It’s a story trimmed with sadness, not because it is littered with tragedy, but because it’s quite clear that Vreeland often chose her career over her family. This is a sacrifice that Vreeland refuses to see, which only makes it all the more tragic. Still, where her family life faltered her career excelled and it’s hard not to marvel at, perhaps even envy, her success. “The Eye Has to Travel” is a must for anyone interested in the history of fashion.
-Ryan Michael Painter
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcast Group)