Being the kind of person who likes to do things in the correct order, I always aim to read a book before I see the corresponding film. Not in this case. Every so often a film comes along that makes you wonder how you were previously unaware of a certain person or subject. The Eye has to Travel had that effect on me. I was mesmerised by the world Diana Vreeland created during her stints at Harpers Bazaar and Vogue through her exuberant personality and unique vision. Magazines needed to evolve and Vreeland steered the way with her unusual thought process, referencing the cultural happenings of the 60s and championing models such as Twiggy and Penelope Tree. After attending a screening a little while ago, I had to buy the book and delve into some of her work for myself. It’s always fascinating to see how editorials have changed over the years and the various angles, poses and layouts that you wouldn’t normally see. Cover images are more powerful with minimal amounts of text and only a small hint as to what may be inside. With over 350 images, the book is perfect for an afternoon’s perusal and wondering about all of the trends that have gone before.
Have you managed to see the film? It’s out on DVD now and would be an ideal Christmas present to pop on your lists if you want to see old interviews mixed with photography and insight from the people who knew her. If you want to see even more old magazine covers, Vogue has produced a collection of 100 iconic cover postcards. I doubt I’d ever end up using them for fear of wastage, but they’re something nice to have nonetheless.