Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg entered the world of American fashion in 1970 when she arrived in New York from Europe with a suitcase full of jersey dresses she had designed. In 1974, she created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. By 1976, she had sold more than five million of her famous dresses and was featured on the cover of Newsweek. DVF is now a global brand sold in over 55 countries.
In 2005, Diane received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for her impact on fashion. She is now the council’s Chairman. In this significant role she has held for ten years, she has dedicated herself to fostering emerging talent and has grown the organization to over 500 members.
Diane’s commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion but also philanthropy and mentorship. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Diane established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes. In 2014, Diane celebrated forty years of the iconic wrap dress with the Journey of A Dress exhibition in Los Angeles. She also published a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, which has been translated into five languages. In 2015, she was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People.
She is on the board of Vital Voices, an organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world.
Diane serves on the board of the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation and is leading the fundraising effort to build its new museum and continue the beautification of Liberty Island. She also serves on the board of The Shed, the new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City.