The 50 year career and life of Diana Vreeland was celebrated last night at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, closing out the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. The film, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, spanned Vreeland’s career as an editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue as well as her time at the Metropolitan Museum in her later years in life.
The film highlighted Vreeland’s strong sense of style as well as her magnificent editorial eye. Vreeland is attributed to shifting the focus of women’s magazines from homemaking into a more whimsical world of high fashion and eye-catching stories playing out on the magazine pages. Twiggy, Barbara Streisand and Veruschka von Lehndorff all can attribute their success to Vreeland, who loved to celebrate and accentuate what faults a woman had and made them beautiful.
The film’s director, Lisa Immordino, answered questions after the film in an open Q&A led by Houston Fashion Icon Lynn Wyatt. Immordino spent three years working on the film as well as interviewing family members. Immordino is married into the Vreeland family through Vreeland’s grandson. Expect to see the DVD released next February to coincide with New York Fashion Week.
Closing out the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, this film was an excellent way to pass on the baton to Fashion Houston, which kicks off November 12th and ends November 15th. As Diane would have said “it is DIVINE.”