19 May 2013

The Eye Has To Travel

Diana Vreeland's documentary, The Eye Has To Travel, is such an inspirational moment. The certain dose of fresh-air and strength we all need once in a while! It spotlights the inspiring life and talent of Harper’s Bazaar columnist and former Vogue Editor-in-Chief.
It's a voyage about a great woman who always looked avant garde and always push herself and others to where nobody even have thought about it yet.
I first heard about Diana when I was reading an article from Shannon Ables that started as:

There's only one really good life, and that's the life you know you want and make it yourself.

Diana Vreeland

An ugly duckling.
Diana (pronounced DeeAnna) was told as a young girl by her mother that she was ugly, and lacked the beauty her younger sister possessed. First of all, I can’t imagine a mother saying such a thing, and repeatedly reminding her daughter of her wretched opinion, but what Diana Vreeland did with her mother’s lack of love and support (emotionally) is what is inspiring. She created a life that was uniquely her own. She created her own unique signature style and became respected for being authentically herself. Now I’d say, she redefined the definition of beauty.

And that's how the documentary begins too.
I've been amazed about natural powerful woman, strong, fearless about making mistakes, or perhaps one can't call them mistakes, just willingness to see beyond the line... Even with all the controversies and upside downs of life whatsoever, of course.
Diana Vreeland just entered to this world of mine. I mean, 70something woman invited to revitalize the Metropolitan Museum of Art (after being fired from Vogue)? She become Special Consultant to Costume Institute.
Moreover, it's a journey through fashion's (and style) history, it's the perspective of fashion that always fascinated me that is fashion as an art. It's a journey between Paris, La Belle Époque, Ballet, Nijinsky and on the other hand the crazy New York, Factory, Studio 54, ...

Much like the brave women who refused to be treated as second-class citizens or denied the same rights already afforded men, it is our responsibility to stand up and become willing to work for a life that can materialize if we refuse to live silently in somebody else’s idea of a fairy tale.

A new dress doesn't get you anywhre, it's the life you're living in the dress.
Diana Vreeland

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