BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Rodeo Drive Committee and the City of Beverly Hills inducted legendary editor and fashion icon Diana Vreeland into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style® on September 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills on the Via Rodeo at Two Rodeo Drive. Past honorees James Galanos and Fred Hayman, along with model Peggy Moffitt joined the celebration. The event took place on the heels of the anticipated release of the Samuel Goldwyn Films and EPIX film DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL.
Celebrated for her impact on fashion from the 1930s to the 1980’s, Vreeland was the nineteenth recipient of the award (posthumous) and received a bronze plaque featuring her signature and her quote, “You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody.” The on-going award, inaugurated in 2003, honors style legends for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment.
During her fifty-year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” Vreeland launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue followed by a remarkable stint at the Met’s Costume Institute in New York where she helped popularize its historical collections.
“The City of Beverly Hills is proud to honor Diana Vreeland with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style® award,” says Beverly Hills Mayor William W. Brien. “Diana Vreeland was one of the most influential women of the 20th Century who changed the face of fashion as we know it.”
“It is so exciting for us that Diana Vreeland’s creative brilliance will forever be recognized here on Rodeo Drive with this honor,” says Peri Ellen Berne, Chairman of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style®. “She was the oracle of fashion for much of the 20th century and her innovative imagination revolutionized the fashion world.””
“Through her trained and diligent eye, she opened the door of our minds and gave us the freedom to imagine,” says Rodeo Drive Walk of Style® Selection Committee Chairman Wanda McDaniel. “Her images and accomplishments are as fresh and relevant now as they were then, and her spirit is just as vibrant and relevant today.”
A plaque honoring Vreeland on Rodeo Drive’s sidewalk was unveiled by her son Tim Vreeland and Lisa Immordino Vreeland, producer and director of the acclaimed film DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL. The film will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and EPIX on September 21, 2012 and is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of an enduring icon whose influence impacted the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever.
Diana Vreeland was the nineteenth recipient inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style®, following previous honorees Missoni, Iman, Fred Hayman, Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, Cartier, Valentino Garavani, Manolo Blahnik, James Galanos, Gianni and Donatella Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Edith Head, James Acheson, Milena Canonero, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino and Tom Ford. Giorgio Armani was the first recipient in 2003. Honorees are selected by an independent committee comprised of media, celebrities, past honorees and academics in the worlds of fashion and entertainment.
Created by the late sculptor Robert Graham and standing 14-feet tall at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way in front of Two Rodeo, "Torso" serves as the symbol for the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style®. Two Rodeo Drive is situated in the heart of Beverly Hills' world-renowned shopping district and offers a diverse selection of 26 luxury boutiques and restaurants.
About Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive, internationally recognized as the intersection of fashion and entertainment, is a unique destination for both Southern California residents, as well as visitors from around the globe. The more than 100 distinguished retailers all help create an unparalleled atmosphere only found on the three blocks of this famed street. For more information about Rodeo Drive and the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style®, please visit www.rodeodrive-bh.com
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About Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries. The company is dedicated to working with both world renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy's hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Past Goldwyn titles include the critically hailed ELEGY starring Academy Award® nominee Penélope Cruz, HARRY BROWN starring Michael Caine and the box office smash FIREPROOF. MAO’S LAST DANCER, directed by Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford was one of the top grossing independent films of 2010. In addition to THE DOUBLE HOUR, a revered thriller that was one of the top foreign language grossers of 2011, SGF released THE WHISTLEBLOWER, a powerful, ripped from the headlines thriller starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz that premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Upcoming releases include DIANA VREELAND THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL, an acclaimed documentary about the late fashion icon which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival and ROBOT & FRANK starring Academy Award® nominee Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon.
EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox consoles, first on Android tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.
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