Diana Vreeland | The Eye Has To Travel

Diana Vreeland en las oficinas de VOGUE. Fotografía de James P Karales:Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Eye Has To Travel es un documental producido en 2011 por Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Frederic Tcheng y Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, que retrata el legado de quien fuera Editora de Harper’s Bazaar (1936-1962),  VOGUE (1963-1971), y Directora del Costume Institute del Metropolitan Museum of Art: Diana Vreeland (1983-1989). Estoy convencido que lo mejor que le puede pasar a uno es conocer personas que lo inspiren. Para mi, Vreeland es una de esas personas.  Admiro su trabajo, su coraje, su manera de comprender el mundo, y el respeto que le tuvo a sus sueños. Lo siguiente es una transcripción de lo que Vreeland dice a lo largo del documental, espero que las siguientes frases les resulten tan inspiradoras como me resultaron a mi:

“I loathe nostalgia”

“I certainly didn’t learn anything at school. My education was the world”.

“The first thing to do, my love, is arrange to be born in Paris. After that, everything follows quite naturally”.

“I realized if I was going to make it, I must stand out”.

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

“I think when you are young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows and it all comes together”.

“He was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen; very quiet, very elegant. I loved all that. I believe in love at first sight because that’s what it was”.

 “No one had better sense of luxury than Coco Chanel. She really had the spirit of the 20th. Century. She really understood what women’s lives were going to be; that they were going to take subways, they were going to walk in the rain. She was rigorous and vigorous.”

“Why don’t you paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?”

“With an attitude like that you keep civilization back a thousand years”.

“But naturally, I expect someone to do as much work as I do, which I believe is not usual”.

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“Every girl in the world should have geisha training. The idea is that you learn from exaggeration: the way the move, their voices, their faces, the makeup”.

“Style is everything. It helps you get up in the morning. It helps you get down the stairs. It’s a way of life. Without it you are nobody. And I’m not talking about clothes”.

“Make an asset of your flaws”.

“Ravishing personalities are the most riveting things in the world. Conversation, people’s interests, the atmosphere that they create around them, these are the only things worth putting in any issue”.

“You are not supposed to give people what they want. You are supposed to give them what they don’t know they want”.

“VOGUE always did stand for people’s lives”.

“A new dress doesn’t get you anywhere, it’s the life that you are living in the dress”.

“We lead an artificial life in an artificial town”.

“The strong face comes not only from the bone construction, but from the inner thinking”.

“I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about art”.

“I believe in the dream. I think we only live through our dreams and our imagination. That’s the only reality we really ever know”.

“I can’t stand seeing shows being taken down”.

“You have to let go at some point. I’m not creeping around”.

“I once heard someone say ‘I shall die very young. How young? I don’t know, maybe 70, maybe 80, maybe 90, but I shall be very young’”.

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