Interview with Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland talks about making a documentary of her grandmother-in-law, fashion icon Diane Vreeland.
Former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland was known for writing the outlandish “Why don’t you” column in Harper’s, for launching Twiggy’s career and for trend-setting. Her granddaughter-in-law, first-time director Lisa Immordino Vreeland, created the film Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, to learn about Vreeland’s life and inspiration.
What was your goal with this movie?
I wanted to make [Vreeland] come alive and redefine her for a younger generation. What was fun was when I showed it in person to [film director] William Klein and a couple [of her acquaintances] like Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent’s partner, and he was like, “Oh, my gosh, you totally got her.”
And what did you find?
I discovered who she was, that passion was her driving force. That she was more interested in living a life well led. She used fashion to dictate that message, but that wasn’t the important message. The message was, live life with passion and freedom. Fantasize about things. That’s the title. The eye has to travel.
Is there anyone who fills Diana’s shoes today?
Nope. There’s nobody like her and nor should there be. It’s great to have somebody like this to look up to. She should serve as a role [model] out there for designers and creators, image-makers. Look at her for inspiration.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel opens Friday 28 at the Music Box (3733 N Southport Ave, 773-871-6607).