Five things you need to know about Diane von Furstenberg

Five things you need to know about Diane von Furstenberg

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Text: Pakkee Tan

In anticipation of her opening show at Singapore Fashion Week, we take a closer look into the fantastic life of the legendary designer

Diane von Furstenberg has led an extraordinary life: jet-setting princess, ground-breaking fashion designer and, most recently, named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015. Ahead of her opening show at Singapore Fashion Week, here's what you need to know about the doyenne of fashion.

1. She was (and still is) a game changer
In 1974, Diane von Furstenberg redefined the meaning of power and independence when she inaugurated an era of sexual liberation for an entire generation of women with her iconic knit-jersey wrap dress.

DVF wrap dress FW15 collection

2. She is the queen of prints
Over the last 40 years, she has created 15,000 prints. The iconic status of von Furstenberg's prints was cemented when US First Lady Michelle Obama wore the designer's signature chain link print for the official White House Christmas card in 2009.

3. She modeled in her brand's first advertising campaign
In the advertisment, she declared, "Feel like a woman, wear a dress!" With this phrase she personified the brand and transformed it into a multi-million dollar enterprise that now spans 70 countries.

Diane von Furstenberg's First Advertisement

4. She's an active supporter of young design talent
As president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), von Furstenberg has played an active role in supporting and nurturing the next generation of fashion designers in America. She also announced the start of the CFDA's strategic global partnership with SFW this year, which will provide local Singaporean designers the opportunity to learn from their American counterparts.

5. A strong advocate for empowering women in the workplace
Von Furstenberg brings new meaning to the phrase 'power woman'. She established the DVF Awards in 2010, which honours women who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage in their respective fields.

Hillary Clinton, Melanne Verveer, Diane von Furstenberg, Ahn Duong, Maggie Gyllenhaal, 6th DVF Awards