diana vreeland

At Bazaar and VogueDiana Vreeland invented the role of the modern fashion editor. She made it not just about the latest collections, but about the American women who wore them, and how, and why.

She’s sort of the anti-Anna. Where Wintour is prim and reserved and conservative, 40s/50s/60s-era fashion editor Diana Vreeland encouraged ostentatious attire and wearing one’s sweater backwards. Then again, she also declared blue jeans the best thing since the gondola.

Chances are very, very good that those who enjoyed The September Issue and Bill Cunningham New York will be slayed by Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, the new documentary about the wild and iconic fashion genius.

Those who follow fashion folklore already know the character called Diana Vreeland. The quips, the quotes, the ‘Why don’t you’s’ But with any luck—and because the film was directed by Vreeland’s granddaughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland it’s safe to feel a little lucky—this’ll be the kind of movie that opens up the persona and gets to the person inside.

The Eye Has to Travel shows at the Pacific Place AMC on Friday, May 18 at 1:30 and Wednesday, May 23 at 7.