Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
we saw this documentary last week. really interesting, influential, inspiring and strong woman. apparently she meant a lot for the fashion world as the documentary clearly puts forward.
so i liked the documentary cause it was informative, but i thought it lacked a diverse perspective. i think it is quite common in these kinds of documentaries, they mainly focus on the people who know “the subject” and they mainly keep praising “the subject”. However, i think, especially in this case, where it is claimed that she kind of shaped the fashion through her work both in HB, Vogue, and the costume museum, then maybe we should listen a couple of ordinary people commenting on that. For instance, there is one scene where she is quoted something like this “i want the 8 year old girl from Harlem to jump up and down when she sees this exhibition”, which suggests that it is very important for her to influence or connect with the reader or the audience. In another words, it is the main purpose of her work, so why not talking to some ordinary people and how reading her magazines or visiting her exhibitions effected them. So in this sense, i’ve found it very weak.
but do watch, she is kind of unique, reminded me of my mother and my sister in some ways, and i thought about my mother’s foreign fashion and sewing magazines, which she collected over the years…