Diana Vreeland (1903-89) was the twentieth century’s greatest arbiter of style, an exotic and vibrant character who, during her fifty-year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,“ dazzled the world with her unique vision of style high and low.
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A fairly straight documentary firmly in the school of illustration by found, sometimes superfluous, footage rather than any great insight. However despite the archival raids and attention deficit editing it has a zesty interest in its subject and conveys her singularity with no little aplomb.
Absolutely fantastic portrait of Vreeland's legacy. I knew she was a character but I didn't know just how hilarious she was! This film also features some really breath-taking editorials and I loved the segment on her work with the Met Costume Institute. It's very visually stunning. I was a little irked by the fake voiceover but it grew on me and was definitely needed. Really enjoyed it!
Diana Vreeland brought an enormous contribution to fashion but her name is unknown by the young generations.This documentary, featuring photographers, models, rock stars and celebrities (Angelica Huston, David Bailey, Marisa Berenson, etc) is giving to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. A real extravagant of her time, long before Lady Gaga. A real visionnaire, long before Anna Wintour or Grace Coddington.