Diane Von Furstenburg,
the world- renowned designer,
graced us with her presence on December 31, 1946. After studying Economics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, she realized that wasn’t her calling. Gaining experience in the fashion industry, whether it was working as a fashion photographer’s assistant or having an apprenticeship with textile manufacturer Angelo Ferreti, Diane was on her way to success. Coming from the lax lifestyle of Germany, she sure didn’t know what the future had in store for her.
In the 1970s after working with design and machine production and pattern making, Diane created her first silk jersey dress – the wrap dress. Year after year she started to become more successful, especially after meeting with Vogue. Meeting with Vogue editor, Diane Vreeland, certainly changed DVF’s life. Vogue made DVF’s designs popular, legitimate, and worthwhile. Aside from women’s wear, DVF specialized in creating her own line in cosmetics and a home-shopping business. Diane has never been a one hit wonder – she always looked to design and create new things that would sell.
The reintroduction of the wrap dress in 1997 really impacted Furstenburg’s path of success. Her iconic wrap dresses have never been out of style. They sell because they’re meant for everyone – skinny or overweight, short or tall. They highlight a woman’s best assets and can be worn both casually and formally.
Diane Von Furstenburg is edgy. She goes for what she thinks will sell, and it always does. From bold boho jumpsuits to classic semi-formal dresses, DVF never fails to spice up one’s wardrobe. In her Fall 2013 show, “Glam Rock”, Diane incorporated a more rock and roll theme to her collection.
She also used a lot of leopard prints along with splashes of tanzanite blue in some outfits. And of course, there was a suede wrap dress that had the audience in awe. This color scheme was a bit out of the ordinary – but it worked. Diane always makes it work and that’s why she’s my favorite designer. She’s driven and creative and steps out of her comfort zone every season.
You never know what will be on the runway with her collections and that is what makes her GREAT.