A very special guest will be on her way to the V&A next week. On Thursday 6th November, Diane von Furstenberg is paying us a visit to talk about her ongoing career of over forty years as a leading fashion designer and icon.
Diane started her career in fashion design in 1970. Two years later, she created the now-iconic wrap dress, famed for the way it timelessly combines glamour and ease. By 1975, she was making 15,000 wrap dresses a week. The style remains a mainstay in DvF’s collections, as well as disseminating continually through the work of other labels and on the high street. The brand’s Autumn/Winter 2014-15 collection took the witty name of Bohemian Wrapsody in tribute. Reflecting on the wrap dress’s success and enduring impact on the way women dress, Diane once remarked that it was ‘more than just a dress; it’s a spirit’.
The Diane von Furstenberg line has grown from a fashion label into an international luxury lifestyle brand. As well as the wrap dress, the brand is famed for its bold prints and clean silhouettes. Showing at New York Fashion Week four times a year, DvF has become synonymous with empowering and energised designs.
Diane will be discussing all this and more during her interview with Claudia Croft, Fashion Editor of the Sunday Times, in our Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre next Thursday. It will be a great opportunity to hear the true tales behind some of the legends of recent fashion history straight from the designer’s mouth. After the talk, Diane will be signing copies of her recently released memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be.
Tickets for this very special event are now available on our website. We look forward to seeing you there.