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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

By Sade Lythcott

I don’t know about you, but I’m always struggling to find something to do on a rainy fall day, or — even more difficult –- trying to find a unique house-warming gift that isn’t so predictable. Well, I think I may have found the solution to both.

The DVD and coffee table book, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, is the way to go. Both the film and book chronicle the life of former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and American Vogue, and serves as an enthralling peek into the world of a woman who had vision by the bucket-load.

Style Bubble describes the documentary as “loosely chronological and takes us from the beginning of Vreeland’s enchanted life as a girl who had people like Diaghilev and other luminaries waltzing into her life. As a young society wife, she was dressed by Coco Chanel and… [MORE] skipped between London, New York and Paris soaking up the twenties with gusto. Her calling came when Carmel Snow, then editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar noticed Vreeland for her style and made her a contributor in 1937 with the noted ‘Why Don’t You…?’ column. Vreeland of course then became fashion editor and after a tenure of over twenty years, she jumped ship to Conde Nast and was editor-in-chief there from 1963 until 1971. Her final years as consultant to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through her death rounded off an illustrious career.”

It’s your lucky day because a few copies of this book — as well as Diana’s photo book, Allure — are available at eBay.

(Photos: Courtesy of dianavreeland)