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IN CELEBRATION OF DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel was celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic last week — Friends of the Costume Institute hosted an intimate and casual evening at the Met on September 20th, while fashion house Tod’s fêted the book in Milan three days later.

The atmosphere at the Met was elegant, yet personal. As she relaxed in an armchair, author Lisa Immordino Vreeland participated in an informal interview and dialogue with Judith Thurman, who had penned the essay on Mrs. Vreeland’s career at Harper’s for the book. DV enthusiasts and friends shared anecdotes and remembrances of their time spent with Mrs. Vreeland, including Anna Bulgari and Harold Koda, who began his career at the Met working for Mrs. Vreeland and is now Chief Curator for the Costume Institute. Also in attendance was the Costume Institute’s own Nancy Chilton and photographer Priscilla Rattazzi. A dear friend, Rattazzi shot some of the best, most personal portraits of Mrs. Vreeland.

In Milan the setting was glamorous and cinematic. As part of their S/S 2012 presentation, Tod’s celebrated Immordino Vreeland and her book with a party and exhibition held at the famed Villa Necchi. A select collection of oversized portraits of Mrs. Vreeland was exhibited in a glass house in the center of the garden that Tod’s had built especially for the event. Immordino Vreeland discussed the project with retailers and press from all over the world who poured through the exhibit. The Villa Necchi provided the dramatic setting for the 2009 film I Am Love starring Tilda Swinton, and proved just as striking a backdrop for the party.

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