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  • Summary: During Diana Vreeland’s fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, where she helped popularize its historical collections. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 1, 2012
    88
    Her life, and her work, transcended what we think of as "fashion."
  2. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Sep 17, 2012
    80
    Bursting with insights and a droll sense of the absurd side of fashion, it's a fitting tribute to one of the industry's key figures.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    Like no one before or since, she had what she valued most in others - good, old-fashioned pizazz.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 21, 2012
    75
    The filmmakers are clearly fans, and any of Vreeland's personal shortcomings - child-rearing, for instance - are only hinted at.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    Dizzily enjoyable documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 24, 2012
    67
    She knew what "it" was going to be before anyone else. Or maybe she invented "it," and the magazine-buying public simply did as they were told.
  7. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Sep 16, 2012
    60
    A fashion world Who's Who offer accolades, while Vreeland's vulnerabilities are revealed in interviews telling how, ridiculed by her socialite mother as ugly, she invented herself on her own terms.

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  1. Oct 5, 2012
    5
    Vreeland was an extraordinary person, and I'm inspired by her life and her attitude. (She probably worked way too hard in her life, but I understand her passion for it.) But the way this documentarian captures her life just feels mailed in. There's a hundred ways you can present this type of material, and I just thought much of it was cheesy. Not bad, but just not nearly as good as it could have been. The final shot?? Animated Vreeland flying away in the Lindberg plane?? Didn't work for me. The final shot should have been dramatic, stylish, iconoclastic - but not childish. The extended Jane Pauly interviews were excellent. The George Plimpton discussions? Less so. Collapse

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