Diane von Furstenberg’s (DVF) commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion, but also through philanthropy and mentorship. She gained her fame when she created her signature wrap dress in the early ’70s. Starting out with a suitcase full of the jersey dresses, by 1976, she had sold over a million dresses and was featured on the cover of Newsweek. This wrap dress symbolized power and independence for an entire generation of women.
Her shows are always well received at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. For spring 2014, her collection was filled with various items for a woman’s wardrobe. It included pretty print ensembles, shapely gowns, strapless looks, halter tops, paneled skirts and lots of vivid colors. Overall, she showed very modern styles. Her looks are feminine, sexy and chic. For day attire, her lengths are above the knee.
After a hiatus from fashion in 1997, von Furstenberg relaunched the iconic dress that started her career. She re-established her company and transformed it into the global luxury lifestyle brand that it is today. DVF now offers four complete collections a year. There’s also an extensive range of accessories, including shoes, scarves, eyewear, fine jewelry, luggage and fragrance. Her brand is sold in over 70 countries and in 85 shops worldwide. In 2005, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and was elected president a year later. She still holds that position.
This famous, talented designer is dedicated to fostering emerging talent and helping to establish the Design Piracy Prohibition Act.
With the Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, von Furstenberg established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes.