While we've spent the weekend in Blighty, polishing off the last of the mince pies while wearing our leopard print onesie, one member of Team Grazia has been living the high life over in Los Angeles with none other than Diane Von Furstenberg. Yes, Katherine Ormerod, our senior fashion and features editor, jetted over to La La Land this weekend in celebration of the frock that started it all for DVF: the wrap dress.
The designer invited Katherine to the grand opening of the Journey of a Dress Exhibition, which kicked into action with a swanky launch party on Friday evening. And who should our editor find herself schmoozing with? None other than (drum roll please) Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Allison Williams, Anna Wintour, Tobey Maguire, Rosario Dawson, Marisa Tomei, Edward Norton, Rooney Mara, Paris Hilton, Erin Wasson, Whitney Port - and that's just to name a few. How jeals are we? Answer: very.
The exhibition is housed in the historic Wilshire May Company building next to the LACMA campus and in the year that marks the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, it chronicles the journey across four decades. There's an abundance of vintage and contemporary DVF designs beginning with the first ever sample! The exhibition also includes portraits of Diane herself - designer, muse, and collector - by celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, and Annie Leibovitz, as well as new pieces from Dustin Yellin and other contemporary artists. No wonder the A-listers were piling in.
One stunning piece from Dustin Yellin sees the likeness of a wrap dress suspended in glass while stills from the dress’ big screen cameos hang from the walls, including a shot of Amy Adams in American Hustle. 'I was 26 when I created the wrap dress,' said Diane, 'I had no idea it would become such a phenomenon. I am excited and thrilled to have chosen Los Angeles to celebrate the four decades of The Journey of a Dress.' As are we! (and especially Katherine). Check back here for Katherine's report direct from LA once she's, umm, recovered.
?The exhibition will be open to the public from January 11th until March 2014.