I watch the DVD of Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has To Travel last night with some friends and how totally fabulous it was if you are in any way interested in style, design and fashion.
Diana Vreeland appears to have had the, relatively, rare good fortune to carve a lengthy and varied career from her remarkable and insightful passion for artistic appreciation of the creative arts during a period of expansion and exploration for those living in the USA, giving her an enthusiastic and receptive audience for her talents.
Her life and career spanned most of the twentieth century, all of its’ great events, mixing with many of it’s stars, discovering people, places, sights and the living of life to it’s most fabulous fullness in every conceivable way. As she herself said:
“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself,”
The film is a smorgasbord of delights – photographers (Avedon’s wonderful head of hair), models (Veruschka, Twiggy), magazine art at it’s zenith (Bazaar, Vogue), fashion – oh, for goodness sake, why am I bothering with a list? Just get the film and watch it. DV speaks better for herself than I ever could:
“You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.”
“You know the greatest thing is passion, without it what have you got? I mean if you love someone you can love them as much as you can love them but if it isn’t a passion, it isn’t burning, it isn’t on fire, you haven’t lived.”
“There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration.”
“Black is the hardest color in the world to get right—except for gray…”
“Vogue always did stand for people’s lives. I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later.”
“The best time to leave a party is when the party’s just beginning. There’s no drink that kills except the drink that you didn’t want to take, as the saying goes, and there’s no hour that kills except the hour you stayed after you wanted to go home.”