Monday, February 17, 2014

The Eye Has to Travel

I recently watched this documentary about the life of Diana Vreeland, and was very inspired by it. She worked for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue as editor-in-chief, and then the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she created the Met Ball on behalf of the costume institute. She had quite modern ideals, even as an older woman, and of course I'll tell you that "I want to be her when I grow up."

Her vague yet wise witticisms throughout the film are wonderful...

"How boring to copy the past -- with all the magnificence of today and tomorrow."

"Within every girl is the possibility of arousing emotion. Without emotion there is no beauty."

While at Harper's Bazaar at the beginning of her career, she wrote these articles called "Why Don't You..." in which she would create an irreverent prose about fashion and modernity. 

"The future holds a golden world. It will be for beauty; it will be for intelligent productiveness."

"To me, since the gondola, there's never been anything like the blue jean."

"Water is God's tranquilizer."

"There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself."

“Unshined shoes are the end of civilization.”

"The first rule that a geisha is taught, at the age of nine, is to be charming to other women... Every girl in the world should have geisha training."

"Style — all who have it share one thing: originality."

"There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration."

"Prohibition. Insane idea. Try to keep me from taking a swallow of this tea and I’ll drink the whole pot."

Ugh, don't you just feel inspired reading those words? I do. If you're feeling uninspired, watch The Eye Has to Travel.

1 comment :

allison b-t said...

i loved this film and felt very inspired by ms. vreeland!