"Fashion must be the intoxicating release from the banality of the world"
One word for you - if you haven't seen this documentary yet, you are not a true fashionista!
"Is there anything beyond fashion?"
Unless you are not into fashion at all, and you haven't read - [or, have seen, for that matter] - any of the top fashion magazines like Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, W - you might be mad for not having seen "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" documentary, which I've seen last weekend at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, which also happens one of my favorite independent/foreign movie theatre in New York City.
Diana Vreeland was THE editor, when it comes for a fashion magazine. Ask any of the fashion designers - young or old - who they think of when it comes to a great, history-making fashion editor in the world, and I can assure you that they'd all call out Diana Vreeland's name.
She is as iconic to the fashion industry, as the Empire Building to New York City. You can't say you know the fashion magazine industry, if you don't know her name.
She was one extravagant visionary woman with a mind of her own. She was a writer, a creator and a discover. She set the tone, the trend and the manners, with which a woman should live fashionably and classy in this world.
Working as fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar and Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, she was described as "The century's most formidable arbiter of elegance."
You might not know, but she was the one who:
- Discovered Twiggy, Cher, Anjelica Houston, Lauren Bacall, Penelope Tree, Lauren Hutton...
- Ali McGraw (Love Story) was her assistant in the '60s
- Personally knew Jackie Onassis, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev - [whose grave at Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, or the Parisian "Russian cemetery" as French call it I've visited in 2005], Coco Chanel...
- Gave big break to Richard Avedon, Missoni...
- 'Made' the face of Audrey Hepburn, just the way we now know and remember her.
- Was the creator of the quotes that we keep on quoting, like:
"The best thing about London is - Paris"
"The only real elegance is in the mind; If you've got that, the rest really comes from it"
"As you know, the French like the French very much"
"I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity"
"I think your imagination is your reality"
"I'm terrible on facts. But I always have an idea. If you have an idea, you're well ahead"
"The idea of beauty was changing. If you had a bump on your nose, it made no difference so long as you had a marvelous body and a good carriage. You held your head high and were a beauty... You knew how to water-ski, and how to take a jet plane in the morning, arrive anywhere and be anyone when you got off"
"Never fear being vulgar, just boring"
"What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about"