Diane Von Furstenberg

Saturday, May 17, 2014

When I heard DVF was going to visit my college (The New School) I was so thrilled! I couldn't wait to hear what she had to say about the amazing experiences she has had and about the iconic wrap dress and gladly, Diane covered it all. This seminar marked the 40 year anniversary of the wrap dress and to talk about this iconic moment of her career, she said, "It was 40 years ago that I was a young girl and I came to New York and I designed that dress and lived the American dream. I owe everything to that dress."  The wrap dress was introduced in 1974 and Diane describes her wonderful creation as "the garment that defined the 1970s and outfitted a generation of women seeking (and achieving) professional, personal, and sexual independence." Besides her own accomplishments, Diane was asked what advice she could give to the audience of students pursuing careers in fashion so they can accomplish as much as she did. Her biggest advice was that "you have to first be serious at the base in order to have fun on the top, you have to try to get an internship because you learn so much, and you need to make sure that what you want to do makes sense and then just go for it!" When you put that all together and follow her 3 steps to success, you can have accomplishments like hers. 

Diane Von Furstenberg is a such a strong, inspirational, and independent woman. She is the epitome of a classic successful designer who has evolved over the years into creating more modern designs yet still keeping her originality into her looks. It was a true honor to be able to see her in person and take away all the great advice she gave and make use of it in the future. Hope you guys feel the same way!

- Lidya

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