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Diane von Fürstenberg : biography

31 December 1946 -

Diane von Fürstenberg, formerly Princess Diane zu Fürstenberg (), (born 31 December 1946) is a Belgian born American fashion designer best known for her iconic wrap dress. She initially rose to prominence when she married into the German princely House of Fürstenberg, as the wife of Prince Egon of Fürstenberg. Following their divorce in 1972, she has continued to use his family name, although she is no longer entitled to use the title princess following her divorce and subsequent remarriage in 2001.

She re-launched her fashion company, Diane von Fürstenberg (DvF), in 1997, with the reintroduction of her famous wrap dress. The company is now a global luxury lifestyle brand offering four complete collections a year. DvF is available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide. The company’s headquarters and flagship boutique are located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

In 2005, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year named her as their president, a position she has held since 2006.

Pop culture

Von Fürstenberg is referenced in Dolly Parton's 1981 song "Working Girl".

Von Fürstenberg served as an inspiration for Andy Warhol, Julian Opie, Chuck Close, and many others and has been the subject of a number of artistic renderings. ARTINFO.com

Philanthropy

Diane von Fürstenberg is a Director of The Diller – von Fürstenberg Family Foundation, a private foundation that provides philanthropic support to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations within the following sectors: Community Building, Education, Human Rights, Arts, Health and the Environment.

In 2010, Diane created The DvF Awards, which are presented annually to four women who display leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to women’s causes. Supported by The Diller – von Fürstenberg Family Foundation, recipients are each granted $50,000 to further their work.

In 2011, The Diller – von Fürstenberg Family Foundation made a $20 million commitment to the High Line, which is the largest single private contribution to a public park in New York City’s history. The Diller – von Fürstenberg family has donated a total of $35 million to the High Line to date.

Diane von Fürstenberg sits on the board of Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organization that empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the world. Diane is also an honorary director of the Housatonic Valley Association.

Diane von Furstenberg also served as one of the project chairs for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's review of the future of NYC's Fashion industry (Fashion.NYC.2020 ), which was prepared by NYCEDC.

Marriages

At university, when she was 18, she met Prince Egon of Fürstenberg, the elder son of a German prince and his first wife, an heiress to the Fiat automotive fortune and member of the Italian nobility. Married in 1969, the couple had two children, Prince Alexander, and Princess Tatiana, who were born in New York City. She is now the grandmother of four. The Fürstenbergs' marriage, though not popular with the groom's family because of the bride's Jewish ethnicity, was considered dynastic, and on her marriage Diane became Her Serene Highness Princess Diane of Fürstenberg,Genealogisches Handbuch Des Adels: Fürstliche Häuser (C. A. Starke Verlag, 1991), p. 261. but is no longer entitled to use the title following her divorce and her 2001 remarriage.

In 2001, she married American media mogul Barry Diller, with whom she had been involved, off and on, since the 1970s.

Career

Diane von Fürstenberg during [[New York Fashion Week.]] In 1970, with a $30,000 investment, Diane began designing women's clothes - "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.[sic]"[3] (Her former husband also became a fashion designer in 1974.)[6] After moving to New York, she met with famed Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who declared her designs “absolutely smashing.” She then had her name listed on the Fashion Calendar for New York Fashion Week, and so her business was created.

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Living octopus

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