Diane Von Furstenberg's Fashion Evolution
Diane Von Furstenberg's Autumn Winter 2012 show
Diane Von Furstenberg, designer and fashion powerhouse made her name in 1972 with her iconic wrap dress. More than just a dress, it came to epitomise a cultural shift for modern women everywhere. As an elegant, feminine yet practical garment that could be worn for work and play, it symbolised that women were working, earning their own cash and succeeding on their own terms rather than having to imitate men, or dress like them.
Back in her seventies heyday, Mrs Furstenberg’s lifestyle as well as her designs were the envy of many. She was married to Euro-Royalty Prince Egon von Furstenberg, she lived in New York and mingled with the cultural icons of the era, she retired from fashion during the eighties, to spend her millions. In the following decade the wrap enjoyed a resurgence with its original creator producing more designs for a new generation.
In 2005, Von Furstenberg was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA, whose board elected her president the following year, a position that was renewed in 2008 with unanimous support for her position. DVF shows in New York, with tailoring and separates building on the foundation of her dresses. She has a keen eye for fostering new talent, proved by the fact her creative director is Nathan Jenden who has gone on to launch his own line.