“I created the wrap dress but then the wrap dress had a life of its own.”~DVF
Forty years ago, designer Diane Von Furstenberg introduced the wrap dress whose timeless style has become a staple in many women’s wardrobes. The simplicity of the dress’ construction coupled with Diane’s powerful graphic prints unite in a style that is as captivating and beguiling as the designer herself. Los Angeles is celebrating the 40th anniversary of DVF’s eponymous wrap dress at an exhibit held in the old May Company building next to LACMA (note LACMA is not technically sponsoring the show according to their website).
In addition to the army of mannequins featuring many iterations of the wrap dress spanning 40 years, the exhibit features Diane as a muse to artists who have created works inspired by the designer (photography, sculpture, screen-printing, paintings, etc.)
The wrap dress’ design was originally inspired by wrap sweaters worn by ballerinas, and the hallmark of the dress is its ease of wear. It can be dressed up or down, packs easily and is flattering on most body types.
I’ve always loved DVF as a designer who has nurtured and inspired many designers and artists alike. She is someone who is resolute in her mission to empower women and she found a way to achieve this goal through fashion. During her journey she did not always know what she wanted to do, but she was clear in her conviction about knowing what kind of woman she wanted to be.
This interview with Amanda de Cadenet provides a nice glimpse into her career and the insights she gained about herself and the women she designs for.
After I came home from LACMA today, NYFW came to me care of a live feed of DVF’s Fall 2014 Ready to Wear show. It was a fun look behind the scenes of the show where Diane, living her mission created the most relaxed, fun and empowered environment for her models and guests. Before the show she provided some words of encouragement to her models (who were beautifully diverse):
“If you love life, life will love you.”
It was a fun “virtual” show that included a live performance by St. Vincent. In November DVF will release her autobiography called “The Woman I Wanted to Be”. Can’t wait to hear more stores from this fashion icon.
“Journey of a Dress” will remain at the Wilshire May Company Building (aka LACMA West) until April 1, 2014.
6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA