Before the ubiquitous wrap dress, before the CFDA lifetime achievement award and the multi-million dollar luxury brand, Diane von Furstenberg was just a newbie designer making sales calls from her living room. OK, she wasn’t just any newbie designer, she was Princess Diane von Furstenberg through her marriage to German Prince Egon von Furstenberg in 1969. The 23-year-old Belgian and her husband had recently moved to New York City, had a baby and quickly became a fixture in the society pages, thanks to her good looks and great fashion sense. But von Furstenberg wasn’t one to rest on her title. When the New York Times profiled the princess on this day in 1970, she Read More »
“We all have a Wonder Woman inside us.” —American designer Diane von Furstenberg. On this day in 1976, von Furstenberg was featured on the cover of Newsweek, which called her the most marketable designer since Coco Chanel. The Wonder Woman quote was given to the same magazine more than 30 years later, when she launched her limited-edition comic book, The Adventures of Diva, Viva and Fifa, in 2008. Read More »
“Building a wardrobe is like building a circle of friends your whole life…. Your own beauty is to be yourself, but of course we need tools and accessories.”
—Diane von Furstenberg, quoted from her debut QVC show in 1992, where she sold $1.2 million in wrap dresses and skirts in two hours. Photo: Andy Warhol, Von Furstenberg and Monique van Vooren, star of Warhol’s Flesh for Frankenstein in 1974 © Getty Images To read more fabulous Fashion Statements, click here.