Icon of the Week: Diane Von Furstenberg

Here at Brunch with Brandy, we want to honor women and men that have made an impact on the world of fashion in some way. These can be people from decades ago that have a ripple effect on the lives of many, or people that are making small differences today. The first Icon of the Week is one of my favorite designers, mostly because I am partial to the wrap dress, Ms. Diane Von Furstenberg.

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DVF is a celebrated international brand that was built on the basis of empowering women. Established in 1972¹, she featured fashion that was for a modern women and revolutionized the idea of clothes, through her wrap dress. But more than that, the person behind the brand overcame struggle after struggle and managed to make a name in a world that was against her. She grew up with her mother who survived the Holocaust, so her mom was very strict on her only daughter. From a young age she had determination and hard work ethics instilled in her. Although she grew up a commoner, she married into royalty in 1969. Before she married Prince Egon von Furestenberg, she made sure she was her own person. She started her first store on Seventh Avenue and sold the wrap dress, which was an instant success.

Since then, she has released lines of perfume, jewelry, clothes, shoes, furs, and even makeup². She has also remarried, written eight books, been a judge on Project Runway, a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, and won the Lifetime achievement Award presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Once a girl with a sowing needle, she is now an inspiration to many and lived her life how she wanted to. Her love life was known for being quite scandalous as she loved to take delight in men. In fact, she once married her friend for his 59th birthday. Not staying with her second husband, Barry miller, very long, she owned her sexuality and was often seen at new york city clubs enjoying her independent life. But more than that, she was an open feminist in an age where not many people were. She famously said, “I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life - and I became that woman”. ³

I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life - and I became that woman
— Diane Von Furestenberg

That was certainty the truth with her phenomenal success of her books and lines. Along with that, she was awarded a star on the Seventh Avenue Walk of Fame, where she first opened up her humble start-up selling wrap dresses. Inspiring women and fashion designers for generations, DVF is a colorful and brilliant icon who paved her own way to first, royalty, then fame, and now: a fashion legend.

Brandy Scott