Vreeland fans, gather ye round. The much-beloved former Vogue EIC’s legacy as one of the greatest arbiters of style is about to heat up big time. A documentary, a coffee-table book and an exhibition are set to debut in the coming months, thanks to the late editor’s granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland.
First up is the film Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, which premieres September 3 at the Venice Film Festival. It’s based on several conversations that George Plimpton conducted with the ever-quotable Vreeland while he was editing her autobiography. The documentary includes clips of her early life and career, and features televised interviews and commentary from such notables as Diane Sawyer, Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein, Hubert de Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg, Richard Avedon, Ingrid Sischy and Ali MacGraw, who dishes on what it was like to work as a fresh-out-of-college assistant for the demanding editor. It also tells the tale of how Vreeland jump-started the careers of household names like Manolo Blahnik, Missoni, Twiggy and Lauren Bacall.
Following the accompanying book release on October 1, a traveling exhibition will kick off at the Fortuny Museum in Venice in March 2012. We can’t help but wonder if that other all-powerful editor will get a little jealous of the sudden spotlight.