Monday, January 20, 2014

Inspired By: Diane von Furstenberg

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


  1. The DVF wrap dress is one of those timeless dresses which are so versatile and you chose a very stylish print and colour. Great quote and so true!

  2. I own a few and have to say over the years the famous wrap dress has gotten me through some wardrobe pickles...when I didn't know what to wear, it was a sure thing to go to. I could dress it up or down and best part it was comfortable and flattering! She has great style........that quote is so spot on. Have a great day!

  3. SHe is a fabulous lady! I love her style and those dresses are a staple in any ward robe!

  4. Great post! DVF is such a icon--timeless designs and patterns--the wrap dress lives on!

  5. Wonderful true! My first DVF wrap was a floral pattern. This style is one of the e few that is universally flattering and so comfortable. It's fun to see how she's evolved over the years.

    (Go hawks!! What a game!!!)

  6. This is a great post! I love DvF. She has said so many great things about personal development over the years, apart from designing an iconic dress! I like your blog! Do you want to follow each other? xo Caroline

  7. Though we don't own any of her wrap dresses, we do own a couple of DVF's tops and every time we wear them, we stand taller and smile... and get lots of compliments. Diane truly is an icon in every sense of the word. Thanks for starting out our week on such a great note, Jeanne!
    C + C

  8. It's funny how the one DVF dress I have (and LOVE) isn't actually a wrap dress. Though, you have me yearning for one this year. What an amazing woman with such a positive outlook. It takes a lot of guts to stage a comeback after you business goes under. She's back and better than ever. Also, love hearing about how she figured into your life!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  9. Hi. Very interesting post. I knew nothing about DVF. Didn't realize that she was a model. She was lovely.



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