Diane Von Furstenberg is without a doubt hailed not only as probably the most influential women in an industry dominated by men, but also as probably the most inspiring women of our time. What other designer could add an entrepreneur, fragrance connoisseur, author, philanthropist, daughter, and mother to their resume? Along with this extraordinary success, Diane is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in addition to that DVF was listed as probably the most influential women by Forbes in 2014.
One would think that for all its unyielding success, DVF would be one of many complacent competitors in the Fashion World, alongside iconic designers such as Carolina Herrera, Donatella Versace and even Chanel. However, Diane continued to push boundaries, and expand her company into a global empire founded on her personal values of empowering and glorifying women around the globe.
For 40th the anniversary of Diane’s last creation, the cover dress, Diane decided to celebrate not only the history of the dress, but all the astonishing women who have worn it over the years by holding an exhibition at LACMA to accompany the release of her memoir, aptly titled “Dress Travel.” DVF’s memoir served as inspiration for the exhibition, which boasts 200 brilliantly dressed mannequins that have evolved seamlessly through fashion’s 40 years of history, in addition to masterpieces by Ms. Von Furstenberg himself created by famous artists such as the late and great Andy Warhol.
The bold, bold prints not only stuck to the clothes on the mannequins, but were displayed vibrantly on the walls and floors throughout the exhibition. The vibrancy of color and demeanor found in “Journey of a Dress” perfectly mimics Diane’s view of what it means to be a classy, confident, and classy woman, as she famously once said, “Attitude is everything.”
His most recent and most vital memoir to date,’The Woman I Want’released on October 28th and received rave reviews from the likes of influential women like Gloria Steinem, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, and even Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, had nothing but glowing reviews for DVF’s latest work.
In addition to her clothing collection and diverse novels, Diane has taken it upon herself and maybe more importantly, her brand, to conquer another challenge: television. Since two weeks ago, Diane was able to add yet one more title under her snakeskin belt. While the truth TV star may be a little deceptive in terms of sharing the same network as the Kardashians, Diane has proven that a businesswoman of her stature and beauty can leverage television as just a facet of expanding her business. House of DVF, her reality show, centers on Diane’s search for a young woman who can potentially encompass both her heritage and brand hallmarks to fulfill the role of Brand Ambassador for DVF. The show airs every Sunday at 10/9c on E! Network.