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Diane von Fürstenberg

Designer & Founder, Diane von Fürstenberg

The Belgian born American design icon married into the German princely House of Fürstenberghe and is known as the creator of the famous wrap dress.

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Having launched her eponymous label in 1970, Diane von Fürstenberg cemented her status with her iconic wrap dress in 1974. Having achieved sales of over one million units less than two years after its inception, the dress became the defining power symbol for an influential generation of women and currently boasts a permanent position in an exhibition of dresses held in the Smithsonian Museum.

Ms Von Fürstenberg has been awarded several industry accolades such as the American Accessories Council’s Excellence Award and a Gold Medal at the annual Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Gold Medal Gala.

In 2005, following a lifetime achievement award presented by the CFDA, von Fürstenberg was elected as president of the influential council. The designer has since overseen influential projects including including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the CFDA Fashion Incubator and has played a pivotal role in forming the Design Piracy Prohibition Act.

An economics alumnus of the University of Geneva, von Fürstenberg’s early career saw the designer work in Paris as assistant to Albert Koski and later in Italy as an apprentice to textile manufacturer Angelo Ferretti, where she first began designing. In 1969, von Fürstenberg moved to New York, where, along with being a regular at Warhol’s Studio 54, the native Belgian produced her own line of jersey dresses.


  • Diane von Fürstenberg
    Diane von Fürstenberg

    Designer and Founder 1974 - Present, New York, United States

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