Happy Monday, everyone! I don't know about you, but I spent way too much time in front of the television yesterday. Between football (go Seahawks!), Downton Abbey, and Sherlock I'm feeling entirely glazed over.
So how about a little glamor, style and inspiration to energize us for the week?
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenburg's wrap dress, which is currently being celebrated by Journey of the Dress at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a colorful, print-happy tribute to the game-changing dress and the woman who dreamed it up.
I remember my first DVF wrap dress, purchased just after I landed my "dream job" at Nordstrom, giddy with my discount but nervous as heck about how I would measure up, both in terms of getting the job done and dressing the part. The iconic dress - in the same print as this one Diane wore in 1974 - gave me confidence I just pretended to have at the time.
A few years later, I had the luck of meeting and interviewing Ms. von Furstenberg. A goosebump-making moment. Beautiful, poised and smart, she radiated passion and strength - I honestly couldn't tell you what we spoke about (I was out of body) but I'll never forget her energy.
What I find most inspiring about Diane von Furstenberg is her resilience. She created a fashion phenomenon at the age of 26, revolutionizing women's apparel and becoming the most marketable woman designer since Coco Chanel. She sold five million wrap dresses by 1976, but in the 1980s her business crumbled from over-saturation. She staged a comeback in 1997, relaunching her company and the wrap dress and influencing a whole new generation of women.
She's proof positive of the age-defying properties of working hard at something you love, and that true beauty belongs to those who are comfortable in their own skin.
"You have to accept who you are," she told W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi in a recent interview at LACMA. "And it's not always great. I mean, sometimes, I feel terrible and look horrible and then I have to do pictures. But then I just go for it, and then it's okay. You just go for it. And that's it! Life is very short. Insecurity is a waste of time."
Happy Anniversary, DVF. Thanks for the dress and the inspiration!
Journey of a Dress is on view at LACMA though April 1