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Diane von Furstenberg: Dress to Impress


diane von furstenberg wrap dress
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If I was a good enough writer I would be interviewing a dress for this blog. The dress that was born in New York and sold around the world. The dress that arrived on the scene in the early '70s and is still found in the chicest settings today.

This dress has fans even younger now than it did in the first decade of its existence. And it is about as sexy a dress as a rational woman would wear, yet it shows little skin.

It’s great for most body shapes; it has been copied and copied and copied. It has become, to use one of the most overused and often incorrectly used words in the English language, truly iconic. There may well be no equal to the durability of this dress in the annals of fashion.

You have by now, I am sure, figured out it is the wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg. Diane herself is as remarkable as her signature dress.

She is one of the few people who have had the courage to be herself and to live her life according to her dreams. To quote Henry David Thoreau, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

And indeed she has: DVF built an exciting business, raised a family, and became a leader in an industry that often mimics a revolving door.

In fact, she is one of the few people who have built the same business twice, better from a business point of view the second time around.

As her empire grows, von Furstenberg has, by necessity and perhaps desire, become more experimental in her designs (witness her most recent ready-to-wear collection). And while some of her new efforts work and some don’t, DVF continues to be her own woman and an inspiration to all.

Photo: Jeanne Wrap Dress Vintage Hearts, Diane von Furstenberg, $325; DVF.com