The 40th Anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg’s Wrap Dress

The life and wraps of Diane von Furstenberg present much to celebrate on this year, the 40th anniversary of the iconic wrap dress. To mark this special milestone online retailer MyTheresa have canonised the legendary designer by profiling her in episode one of their new series Designer Conversations. Belgium-born von Furstenberg has forever prided herself on being an independent woman and credibly designing her for the exact same type of woman, an imperative tenet to be taught through fashion, articulating her designs as “simple one-step dressing. Chic, comfortable and sexy.” The ex-model and one-time Her Serene Highness Princess Diane of Fürstenberg, following a brief marriage into German nobility in the late sixties, founded her fashion phenomenon, the wrap dress, in 1974 and has laid down the jet-set lifestyle law ever since.

The newest in-depth interview, which sees Diane discussing her different lives, inspirations, challenges and many of the successes that have impacted modern culture, was feted by an intimate dinner celebrating the anniversary at the Brandhorst Museum in Munich last week. At the event it was clear that her dynamic ripostes of yesteryear, such as “feel like a woman, wear a dress”, still speak for a designer who, as Newsweek affirmed with their DVF cover story in 1976, has always epitomised both “rags and riches” in her boundless spiritedness.

by Liam Feltham

Images/video courtesy of x Diane Von Furstenberg

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