Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg entered the world of fashion in 1970 when she moved to New York and, two years later, founded her eponymous line. In 1974, the Belgium born designer created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for a generation of women and helped establish Diane as a legendary and crucial fixture in the industry. By 1976, more than five million dresses had been sold and Diane, at only 29 years old, was featured on the cover of Newsweek.
In 1997, Diane re-launched the brand with renewed vitality, and went on to receive numerous accolades including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), of which she now serves as Chairman. Diane still holds the title of Chairman and Founder of Diane von Furstenberg, and also serves on the boards of Vital Voices; the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.; and The Shed, a new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City. Diane’s 2014 memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, has been translated into five languages, and in 2015 she was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.
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Diane von Furstenberg founded her eponymous line in 1972. It has since become a global luxury fashion brand celebrated for its bold and creative approach to color and print, and admired for its sensual femininity. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF now offers a full collection of ready-to-wear and accessories, and has established itself as a leader of feminine silhouettes in the fashion industry. As Founder and Chairman of DVF, Diane continues to devote much of her time to her many philanthropic endeavors.
Headquartered in New York City, DVF has a global distribution network in over 100 countries and with over 875 points of distribution, including 116 DVF owned and partnered stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
Diane von Furstenberg’s commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion but also philanthropy and mentorship. She serves on the board of Vital Voices, a non-governmental organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Diane established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes.
With the DVF corporate headquarters in New York’s Meatpacking District, Diane has also been a vocal member of the community and was actively involved in the campaign to save the historic High Line railway and to develop The High Line into what it is today.
Diane serves on the board of the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation and is leading the fundraising effort to raise $100 million for the Foundation, which, in partnership with the National Park Service, will build the new $70 million Statue of Liberty Museum and continue the beautification of Liberty Island. She also serves on the board of The Shed, the new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City.