Diane’s life seems a fairy tale, with all and aristocracy. She was Princess Fürstenberg until her divorce. Born in Belgium, her mother was in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. She worked in Paris and Milan, but soon moved to America, where she used her talent to dress half of humanity with her famous wrap dress, simple and ultra-feminine, that gave her the Glory.
“Bella Diane. She understands women as only a woman can do”, said a resounding article in the Miami Herald. With the creation of her wrap dress, wraparound and crossover, she made her model an icon. It got to sell a million dresses. 40 years have passed since this phenomenon and the world paid her a deserved tribute with an exhibition held in 2014 in Los Angeles; 200 mannequins celebrated the model created in 1974. As noted Diane herself, this dress should be studied in sociology class.
Undoubtedly, she is one of the most admired women in the world of women’s fashion; mother, wife, designer and grandmother, image of the courage of being a woman, she has just published the book The Woman I Wanted to Be, about the journey she made to be the woman she wanted to be. She started with a suitcase full of dresses, some sweaters and an idea of woman in the suitcase, independent and that does not depend on a man to pay the bills. She has become a global brand, an icon of femininity that even Almodóvar used for Penelope’s character in Volver. She says, “My children are my greatest creation”, maybe that’s why her fashion always has feet on the ground. Despite her origins as princess of the Jet Set, she is a ‘close celebrity‘. Her mother, shortly after being in a concentration camp, gave birth to Diana; that speaks of the courage that would accompany her a lifetime. That girl who hated her curly hairs learned to love her, she renounced to her life of excess next to Prince Egon von Fürstenberg with whom she emigrated to New York and lived frustrations like wanting to be a model. Fortunately for the world of fashion, she became designer and today, the great model Kate Moss, dreams of being Diane von Furstenberg when she “grows up”.
She was also aware of her mortality when she was diagnosed with cancer; and now in her old age, she speaks proudly of her wrinkles, as they are the traces of the wind, the sea of life, and today, from her designs and creations, she still gives lessons of passion for life.