Diane von Fürstenberg
Belgian-American fashion designer
Diane von Fürstenberg
Diane von Fürstenberg, formerly Diane, Princess of Fürstenberg, is a Belgian born American fashion designer best known for her iconic wrap dress. She initially rose to prominence when she married into the German princely House of Fürstenberg, as the wife of Prince Egon of Fürstenberg.
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The 5 Most Political Moments From New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017
Huffington Post - 7 days
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These Fashion Industry Immigrants Have A Powerful Message For Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 10 days
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What Does ‘Dress Like a Woman’ Mean? Designers Tackle the Question
NYTimes - 14 days
From Joseph Altuzarra to Diane von Furstenberg, different proposals for defining a woman’s wardrobe.
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White Bandanas Are The Fashion Industry's New Protest Against Trump
Huffington Post - 17 days
While gorgeous models in incredible designs dance down the runway during Fashion month, President Donald Trump continues his fight to ban immigrants from certain countries and his Twitter tirades against those he feels have wronged him and his family.  The folks at industry news site Business of Fashion decided to rally against the current political climate by launching the #tiedtogether movement for Fashion Month. BoF’s founder and Editor-in-Chief, Imran Amed, explained the site’s resistance in a statement: In light of the current uncertainties and turmoil around the world, The Business of Fashion invites the fashion industry to stand together and make a clear statement of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness. This is not a political statement, it is a positive statement in support of humanity during a time of turmoil and fear in many nations around the world. We aim to start a global movement within the fashion industry to demonstrate the power of unity and inclusivity, and ...
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Advice From 10 Iconic Feminists To Get You Through 2017
Huffington Post - 2 months
”Your opponents would love you to believe that it’s hopeless.”  Activist and writer Rebecca Solnit said this in the foreword to her book, “Hope in the Dark” ― a book originally written during the Bush Administration about avoiding the pitfalls of cynicism in the face of injustice and fear. This year, shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election, “Hope in the Dark” sold out. For many women, 2016 was a wildly difficult year, and “hope” often felt like a difficult thing to come by.  After all, we didn’t just watch a man accused of sexual assault win the 2016 presidential election ― we watched him win against a significantly more qualified candidate, who happened to be a woman. We watched him win with a running mate who has spent his career trying to diminish the rights of women. We’ve watched him fill his cabinet with men who have been accused of domestic violence.  But in moments of despair and uncertainty, we can, and should, look to the women who have spent mu ...
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Bold hues and cool cutouts stand out on Emmys red carpet
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Melissa Fares and Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters) - Striking hues and subtle cutouts grabbed the spotlight on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, as television's stars managed to stay cool in the Los Angeles heat. Dresses in various jewel tones dominated the carpet, such as "UnREAL" star Shiri Appleby's cobalt sequinned Diane von Furstenberg column dress. "It just felt like it was really fresh and really fun," Appleby told Reuters on the red carpet. ...
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The Carnegie Hall You Thought You Knew
Huffington Post - 9 months
What makes New York City one of the most exciting and cherished places in the world is its rich history of contributing to arts and culture. It's a magical city that draws people from near and far. From Broadway plays to live jazz at Dizzy's or emerging artists performing in the village on any given night, New York City locals and visitors can experience a cultural energy that's far beyond the most obvious narrative. New York City's acknowledged position as the mecca for arts and entertainment in America means that aspiring artists and performers flock here in untold numbers, willing to sacrifice everything for the opportunity to present their work at the highest levels in their fields. However, there is often the mistaken impression that accessibility and engagement is restricted to the glittering elite who created and endowed the city's great institutions. Yet this could not be further from the truth, particularly in regard to the iconic Carnegie Hall. There is actually a welc ...
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DVF Awards: Honoring Extraordinary Women
CNN - 12 months
CNN's Richard Quest interviews Diane von Furstenberg about the DVF Awards, honoring women who show leadership, strength and commitment to their causes.
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Designers parade brands as New York Fashion Week ends in limbo
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Elizabeth Barber NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the future of fashion shows in limbo, top name designers used New York Fashion Week to erase any doubts about their own brands, making definitive statements about the clothes and lifestyle that critics and shoppers alike can expect from them. Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller and other designers strove to make their mark during the week-long event that ends on Thursday, targeting both buyers and editors sitting runway-side and the consumers who increasingly dictate want they want and when they want it. Von Furstenberg told Reuters her Fall 2016 collection, shown at her downtown Manhattan headquarters, was key to “reminding everyone what this brand is about.” Karlie Kloss, joined by fellow models Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, described "the DvF woman" as someone who knows who she is and who she wants to be.
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‘Real Clothes on Real Girls’: Diane von Furstenberg’s Immersive Experience
NYTimes - about 1 year
The designer showed her latest collection in her Manhattan headquarters, with models playing out different everyday scenarios.
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Von Furstenberg takes fashionistas to the disco for fall line
Reuters.com - about 1 year
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Designer Diane von Furstenberg swapped the catwalk for the dance floor to present her fall collection at New York Fashion Week and sought to bridge the gap between runway and retail by offering several creations for sale straight after the show.
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Fashion Week: Shows to Share With Your Valentine
NYTimes - about 1 year
Highlights from Day 4 of New York Fashion Week include Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam and Prabal Gurung.
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Diane von Furstenberg and Karlie Kloss team again
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and supermodel Karlie Kloss are reuniting for the DVF label's Spring 2016 collection. "Karlie was a perfect choice to represent-and celebrate-the multifaceted nature of today's woman," said Von Furstenberg in a prepared statement.
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Fashion titans clash over shake-up of catwalk calendar
Yahoo News - about 1 year
It is nothing short of a fashion earthquake. The organisers of New York Fashion Week are considering doing away with a century of tradition and showing designers' catwalk collections only when they go on sale in the shops. Its director, the designer and former princess Diane von Furstenberg, claims the system frustrates the public and gives counterfeiters time to rip off the latest trends.
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20 Fashion Diversity Wins Of 2015 That Make Us Hopeful For Next Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The past year has been a great one for diversity in the fashion industry.  In September we started the hashtag #NYFW4ALL during New York Fashion Week as a call to action for our industry to be more inclusive -- whether it be race, body image, and beyond. And the industry responded. This year also saw the rise of the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic, which celebrated the awesomeness of black women. In addition, plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham rolled out several projects to champion curvier women who constantly feel under represented. The list goes on.   While we're thrilled about these wins, we're also looking forward to the day when stories celebrating diversity will be obsolete because the images we see will reflect the wonderfully unique world we live in. #FingersCrossed Until then, here's a look back on the moments in 2015 that are getting us closer to the goal.  1. When non-models Amy Schumer, Serena Williams and a host of other inspiring women posed (clothed and unclothed) f ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diane von Fürstenberg
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 69
    In 2016, Furstenberg designed shirts for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
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  • 2014
    Age 67
    In 2014, Ovation TV featured the The Fashion Fund, a documentary about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition.
    More Details Hide Details Furstenberg starred alongside Anna Wintour in the program. In 2014, the E! network aired the first season of reality show House of DVF. Contestants on the show performed various tasks and challenges in the hopes of becoming a global brand ambassador for Diane von Furstenberg. The show has since returned for a second season. At university, when she was 18, she met Prince Egon of Fürstenberg, the elder son of Prince Tassilo zu Fürstenberg, a German Roman Catholic prince, and his first wife, Clara Agnelli, an heiress to the Fiat automotive fortune and member of the Italian nobility.
    In 2014, she joined the Ban Bossy campaign as a spokesperson advocating leadership roles for girls.
    More Details Hide Details Furstenberg is a director of The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, which provides support to non-profit organizations in the area of community building, education, human rights, arts, health and the environment. The foundation supports the "DVF Awards", presented annually to four women who display leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to womens' causes, and in 2011, the foundation made a $20 million commitment to the High Line. Furstenberg sits on the board of Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organization, and served as one of the project chairs for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's review of the future of NYC's Fashion industry, which was prepared by NYCEDC.
  • 2013
    Age 66
    Her clothes have been worn by many celebrities including Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Madonna, Tina Brown, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez. Google Glass made its New York Fashion Week Debut at the designer's Spring 2013 fashion show.
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  • 2012
    Age 65
    In 2012, she launched her first children’s collection with GapKids and a denim collaboration with CURRENT/ELLIOTT.
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    In 2008, she received a star on Seventh Avenue's Fashion Walk of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Michelle Obama wore the DVF signature Chain Link print wrap dress on The Official White House Christmas Card. That same year, a large-scale retrospective exhibition entitled "Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress" opened at the Manezh, one of Moscow's largest public exhibition spaces. The show was curated by Andre Leon Talley and attracted a lot of media attention. In 2010, the exhibition traveled to São Paulo, and in 2011, to the Pace Gallery in Beijing. In 2010, von Furstenberg was awarded a Gold Medal at the annual Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Gold Medal Gala. In 2011, DVF introduced a home collection as well as a signature fragrance, DIANE.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    In 2006, she was elected as President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, a position she still holds today.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    In 2004, she introduced the DVF by H. Stern fine jewelry collection, and launched scarves and beachwear.
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  • 2001
    Age 54
    In 2001, she married American media mogul Barry Diller.
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    The Fürstenbergs' marriage, although unpopular with the groom's family because of the bride's Jewish ethnicity, was considered dynastic, and on her marriage she became Her Serene Highness Princess Diane of Fürstenberg. However, she lost any claim to the title following her divorce and her 2001 remarriage.
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  • 1998
    Age 51
    In 1998, she published her business memoir, Diane: A Signature Life.
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  • 1997
    Age 50
    Furstenberg re-launched her company in 1997, and re-introduced the wrap dress, which gained traction with an entirely new generation of women.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 45
    In 1992, Furstenberg sold 1.2 million dollars worth of her Silk Assets collection in two hours on QVC.
    More Details Hide Details She credited this success with giving her the confidence to re-launch her company.
  • 1991
    Age 44
    Furstenberg started a number of other businesses including a line of cosmetics and a home-shopping business, which she launched in 1991.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 38
    In 1985, she moved to Paris, France where she founded Salvy, a French-language publishing house.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 27
    In 1974 she introduced the knitted jersey "wrap dress", an example of which, due to its influence on women's fashion, is in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    More Details Hide Details After the phenomenal success of the wrap dress, Furstenberg was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1976. The accompanying article declared her "the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel." She launched a cosmetic line and her first fragrance, "Tatiana", named after her daughter. The New York Times reported that by 1979 the annual retail sales for the company were $150 million.
    Her former husband also became a fashion designer in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details After moving to New York, she met with high-profile Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, who declared her designs "absolutely smashing". She had her name listed on the Fashion Calendar for New York Fashion Week, and so her business was created.
  • 1972
    Age 25
    Following their divorce in 1972, she has continued to use his family name.
    More Details Hide Details Her fashion company, Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) is a global luxury lifestyle brand available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide, with the company's headquarters and flagship boutique located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. She is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a position she has held since 2006; in 2014 was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes; and in 2015 was included in the Time 100, as an Icon, by Time Magazine. Fürstenberg was born as Diane Simone Michelle Halfin in Brussels, Belgium, to Jewish parents. Her father was Romania-born Leon (Lipa) Halfin, who had migrated to Belgium in 1929 from Chişinău. Her mother was Greek-born Liliane Nahmias, a Holocaust survivor. 18 months before Fürstenberg was born, her mother was a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp. Furstenberg has spoken broadly about her mother's influence in her life, crediting her with teaching her that "fear is not an option".
  • 1969
    Age 22
    Married in 1969, the couple had two children, Prince Alexander, and Princess Tatiana, who were born in New York City.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on December 31, 1946.
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