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Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I have my camera with me all the time and I keep visual diaries. I photograph everything, everyone; I have hundreds of thousands of photographs stored. And that's how I do my prints.

"I photograph everything, everyone; I have hundreds of thousands of photographs stored. And that's how I do my prints."

What kind of things do you photograph?

The bark of a tree, or a roof and its architectural detail - I am a sponge, I am a thief. When you take pictures, you often feel like a thief because you steal; you capture moments.

Why do you think that the wrap dress has remained so iconic?

That's a mystery. It's not like you say, “okay, I'm going to create a classic”. There's never been a dress that has lasted almost 40 years. It's never happened, other than with jeans, or maybe the Kelly or Chanel bag. But to a dress? Never.

How do you empower women as a designer?

My mission in life is about empowering women. So at work I do it with the dress, with a shoe, with a handbag, with a fragrance, with a necklace. As a woman, I do it as a mentor, I take care of young designers, I speak in women's groups, I speak to universities. And in philanthropy, I am involved with this organisation called Vital Voices [the NGO that trains emerging women leaders around the world]. So the lucky thing about my life is that everything that I do is about empowering women.

 

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