Diane von Furstenberg first entered the fashion world
in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses.
Two years later she created the wrap dress, which came to
symbolize power and freedom for an entire generation of women.
By 1976 she had sold over a million of the dresses and
was featured on the cover of Newsweek. In 1997 after a hiatus from fashion,
Diane reemerged on the New York fashion scene with the
relaunch of the iconic dress that had started it all and reestablished her company as the
global luxury lifestyle brand that it is today.
The wrap dress, and its symbolism of effortless elegance and
empowerment, is integral to the DVF fashion brand,
which now offers four complete collections a year and accessories.
In 2005 Diane received the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Council of Fashion Designers of America for her
impact on fashion, and one year later was elected the CFDA’s president,
an office she continues to hold. In this significant role she has dedicated herself
to fostering emerging talent and helping to establish the Design Piracy Prohibition Act,
which protects designers from counterfeit reproductions of their work.
Diane’s “love is life” philosophy is expressed not only
through fashion but also philanthropy and mentorship.