Diane von Furstenberg Biography, Wiki, Net Worth, Children, Husband, Wrap Dress, Designs, Books & Quotes

Diane Von Furstenberg born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin – is a Belgian American Fashion Designer best known for her wrap dress and entrepreneur. More popularly known as Dvf, she is the founder of her fashion label by the same name. Having been associated with the fashion industry for more than four decades, she went on to become one of the most respected names in the world of fashion. In fact, fashion experts consider her the pioneer of some of the most iconic and timeless fashion trends of all times. Her designs were dubbed liberating, making her a prominent figure during the women’s liberation movement of the seventies. With time, her brand has grown from a fashion label to a style statement. Adding further dimension to her Portfolio, she also introduced home decor, designer luggage and eyewear under the DVF brand name. A supporter of female emancipation, she has actively been involved in philanthropic endeavors. Many of her altruistic initiatives are aimed at empowering women from around the globe. Von Furstenberg is also a published author, with a number of books under her belt. 

Name Diane Simone Michelle Halfin
Famous AsDiane Von Furstenberg
Date of birth31 December 1946
BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium
Age (as in 2021)75 Years
ProfessionFashion designer
Founder/ Co-founderDiane Von Furstenberg Studio
NationalityAmerican
Sun signCapricorn
Height5’8″ (173 cm)
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Family –

FatherLeon Halfin
MotherLiliane Nahmias

Relationship and More –

SpouseBarry Diller
Ex- HusbandEgon Von Furstenberg
ChildrenAlexander Von Furstenberg, Tatiana Von Furstenberg
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Net Worth –

Diane Von Furstenberg is an American Fashion Designer and Philanthropist who has a net worth of $ 1.2 billion. Diane Von Furstenberg is a prominent Belgian fashion designer with a fashion company, DVF, that is available in over 70 countries. 

Net worth$ 1.2 Billion

Early Life and Childhood –

Diane Simone Michelle Halfin was born on 31 December 1946, in Brussels, Belgium. Both her parents were Jewish, her father having moved to Belgium from the Republic of Moldova and her mother from Greece. Her mother had been a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during the Holocaust and Von Furstenberg was born only 18 months after her mother’s release. Von Furstenberg says that her mother inspired her to become fearless. Her mother’s story left a deep impression on her and helped her gain confidence and self-belief, which proved to be her strengths throughout her illustrious career. 

While she had been designing clothing throughout university, she first got involved in the fashion industry when she moved to Paris to work as assistant to a fashion photographer’s agent but had a more hands- on experience upon moving to Italy. There she worked as an apprentice to Angelo Ferretti, a textile manufacturer. She began to develop an understanding of fabrics and cut and created her first dresses, a precursor to the ones she would later make her famous.

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Personal Life –

Von Furstenberg’s marriage to Prince Egon Von Furstenberg in 1969 was not enthusiastically supported by the groom’s family, as they were Roman Catholic and she was Jewish. However, the auspicious marriage was considered to be somewhat dynastic, as Prince Egon’s mother was heiress to the Fiat automotive fortune and a member of Italian nobility and his father was a German Roman Catholic priest. As a result of this marriage, she earned the title of Her Serene Highness Princess Diane of Furstenberg. 

The couple had two children together, Alexander and Tatiana, before separating in 1972 and later divorcing in 1983. While she lost the official royal title, Von Furstenberg decided to continue using her first husband’s last name. She remarried in 2001 to Barry Diller, an American businessman who founded Fox Broadcasting Company and USA Broadcasting, among other media Ventures.

About Education –

She acquired her early education from schools in England, Spain and Switzerland. In 1965, she enrolled at the ‘University of Madrid’, but switched to the ‘University of Geneva’ a year later, where she majored in economics. It was during her early years in university that she met Prince Egon Von Furstenberg, whom she married at the age of 18 in 1969. After graduating, she went to Paris and assisted Albert Koski, who was an agent to fashion photographers. Her calling for fashion designing came when she moved to Italy for an apprenticeship at Angelo Ferretti’s textile Factory. 

Trivia –

When this famous fashion designer saw Julie Nixon Eisenhower don a skirt and wrap blouse by her, she decided to combine the two and came up with the wrap dress.

About Wrap dress –

Wrap dresses were designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s and by Claire Mecardell in the 1940s, whose original ‘popover’ design became the basis for a variety of wrap-around dresses. The Furstenberg interpretation of the wrap dress, which was consistently knee-length, in a clinging jersey, with long sleeves, was so popular and so distinctive that the style has generally become associated with her. She has stated that her divorce inspired the design, and also suggested it was created in the spirit of enabling women to enjoy sexual freedom. In 2004 a book dedicated entirely to Furstenberg’s wrap dresses was published.

Diane von Furstenberg | Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Career – 

Von Furstenberg’s career formally started after moving to New York City, with her then-husband, in 1969. She marketed her existing designs and worked on new ones from the dining room at her apartment. Her flair for designing was encouraged by the likes of designers Kenny Lane and Bill blass, as well as Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. This led her to produce and display her first collection at New York City’s ‘Gotham Hotel’ in April 1970. Since she had no prior experience in mass producing clothes, she started her journey by associating with leading retailers in female fashion. In April 1972, she opened her own business at Seventh Avenue with financial help from her father’s earlier designs. It was a sweater dress named ‘Angela’, made as an ode to activist Angela Davis, which brought her to the limelight. 

In 1974, she revealed the knitted jersey wrap dress under her self- titled brand, which quickly became a massive success in women’s fashion. She was soon featured in Newsweek magazine, which described her as “the most marketable woman since low Chanel”. 

In the decades that followed, Von Furstenberg greatly expanded the fashion line and ventured into other markets as well. After moving to Paris in 1985, she began a French-language publishing house called Salvy. She also began a cosmetic line, launched performances, has been featured on QVC, and started a fine jewelry collection. She also published three books describing her life, ascent in the fashion industry, and philosophy on women’s beauty. Her clothes have been worn by a wide variety of celebrities and prominent social figures, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Madonnia, Priyanka Chopra, and Michelle Obama.

Diane von Furstenberg Books

  • Furstenberg, Diane von (1976). Diane Von Furstenberg’s Book of Beauty: How to Become a More Attractive, Confident, and Sensual Woman. Simon & Schuster.
  • Furstenberg, Diane von (1998). Diane: A Signature Life. Simon & Schuster.
  • Furstenberg, Diane von (2014). The Woman I Wanted to Be. Simon & Schuster.
  • Furstenberg, Diane von (2021). Own It: The Secret to Life. Phaidon Press.

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Diane von Furstenberg Inspirational & Motivational Quotes

  • I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life – and I became that woman. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • Usually, the fairy tale ends with the girl marrying the prince. But mine started as soon as the marriage was over. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I don’t like to talk about my dreams. I like to make them happen. I prefer to talk about them when they’re done. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I design for the woman who loves being a woman. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I was terrified the first time that I had a big problem in my business. I was obviously terrified when they diagnosed me with cancer in 1994. I was terrified when my son used to drive too fast. But I do believe in the fact that fear is not an option, so I always try to face it and not be afraid. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • There’s design, and there’s art. Good design is total harmony. There’s no better designer than nature – if you look at a branch or a leaf, it’s perfect. It’s all function. Art is different. It’s about emotion. It’s about suffering and beauty – but mostly suffering! – Diane von Furstenberg
  • The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself. And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • My favorite days are the ones where I deal only with my own team, design, marketing, working on the next accessories collection. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • All women are the same, really: They are strong, but they are afraid of their own strength. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • Italy will always have the best food. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • A challenging economy is always good for design. It unites necessity and functionality. You are forced to be creative with poor materials. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • Attitude is everything. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • All I can tell you is that I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I travel light. I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I never modeled myself after anyone. The person who had most influence on me was my mother, but it was really for her strength and courage more than her style, even though she had a lot of style. In a weird way, looking at pictures of me when I was 17 or 18, I was dressing the same way. I haven’t changed very much. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • The way I design generally is very much travel-oriented because that is my life. That’s why I make clothes that are so light and so easy to pack and a little bit seasonless. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • Insecurity is a waste of time. – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I’m not tired of who I am. That would be sad! – Diane von Furstenberg
  • I had arranged a birthday party for him and my children, who are all Aquarians. Instead, we got married. I ran out of excuses. It was just us and my children. – Diane von Furstenberg

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