It’s the very last day of 2015. And it’s also Diane von Furstenberg’s 69th birthday.
Diane has had a huge influence on womenswear, particularly due to her iconic wrap dress, first introduced in 1974. Elegant yet comfortable, the wrap dress comes in myriad colours and prints. Made from beautiful silk jersey, the dress was a staple of many women’s wardrobes throughout the 1970s and ’80s, including my mother (she had the green and white Twig print).
Belgian-born Diane married into the German House of Furstenberg and continues to use the family name, despite divorcing Prince Egon in 1972. Diane began designing clothes in 1970, explaining: ‘The minute I knew I was about to be Egon’s wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts.’ Vogue editor Diana Vreeland declared her designs ‘absolutely smashing’.
Diane reintroduced the wrap dress in 1997, gaining loyal followers from a new generation of women (including me). I love the wrap, but its proportions don’t work well on me as I’m short-waisted. However, I have a number of her other dresses, including a fabulous shirt dress in monochrome Chain Link, and a green and white silk tunic in vintage print Gingko Dance.
Timeless and classic, Diane’s dresses can be worn for any occasion, which makes them a great investment.
Thanks Diane. Happy birthday. And happy new year everyone !