I want to say that Diana Vreeland is a legendary fashion editor, but since that descriptor is so over-used for far lesser figures, I'll just tell you that Vreeland was at the true center of the industry for over three decades in the mid-20th century. First a columnist-turned-editor for Harper's Bazaar, she joined Vogue in 1962 and served as editor-in-chief of the fashion bible from 1963 to 1971. She discovered Lauren Bacall and Edie Sedgewick, styled Jackie Kennedy, was the first editor to photograph Mick Jagger, and so on. Vreeland had a major hand in creating the pop culture of the Sixties, and her influence is still felt even beyond fashion, in the image-based world of global entertainment.
Now the subject of a new documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, directed by her granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, those of us that are too young to remember her (Vreeland passed away in 1989) can commune with her spirit when the film hits theaters next month, on September 21.
The trailer's available below, and I got goosebumps on my goosebumps just from watching it.
Image and video courtesy of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel