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Movie review: Documentary highlights Vreeland's fashionable life

Published December 7, 2012 8:31 am

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Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland never met her famous grandmother-in-law, the fashion editor Diana Vreeland, but her documentary "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel" makes viewers feel as if they had.

The film chronicles the wild life of Vreeland, who worked a quarter-century as fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar followed by a landmark stretch as editor-in-chief of Vogue. In her career, she discovered Twiggy, advised Jackie Kennedy Onassis and forever melded fashion to celebrity.

The film draws heavily on Vreeland's voice — in archival interview footage and an extended Q-and-A session with George Plimpton (for a project to write her memoirs) — and her fascinating tall tales. The result is a lively portrait that's as colorful, dynamic and oh-so-fashionable as one of Vreeland's magazine spreads.

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'Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel'

Opens Friday, Dec. 7, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; PG-13 for some nude images; 86 minutes.