DVF: 7 Things You Need to Know About The Woman, The Dress, The Legend

DVF: 7 Things You Need to Know About The Woman, The Dress, The Legend(Bauer Griffin)In honor of the 40th anniversary of her signature wrap dress, let's look back on the impressive accomplishments of Diane von Furstenberg. Here are 7 things that might surprise you about the legendary designer and her signature silhouette:

1. She married into royalty.
Born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin, she met her knight in shining armor—literally, a German prince—Eduard Egon von und zu Furstenberg, at a nightclub in Geneva. The couple had two children (Prince Alexander and Princess Tatiana, seemingly straight out of a fairytale) and even released a clothing collection together in 1983 before ultimately separating.

2. Her famed feminine dress dates back to 1972. And this was her campaign slogan:
DVF: 7 Things You Need to Know About The Woman, The Dress, The Legend
(Michael Buckner/Getty Images North America)In the midst of the feminist movement, DVF entered the fashion scene with a traditionally gendered agenda. “Simplicity and sexiness, that’s what people want. At a price that’s not outrageous,” she told Vogue in 1976, at the dawn of her success. Still, it made an impact on female independence. The publication described its instant appeal as, "Light and made of unwrinkling jersey, the wrap worked at work, traveled brilliantly, and could be gotten into or slipped out of in a minute flat. Almost overnight, it became a sartorial symbol of women’s sexual liberation."

3. It appeared on the big screen... 
DVF: 7 Things You Need to Know About The Woman, The Dress, The Legend
(Courtesy of Francois Duhamel/Courtesy of Everett Collections; Josh Weiner)Most recently, a vintage DVF was worn by Amy Adams in American Hustle, a performance that recently earned her a Golden Globe. “When she wears the dress, she changes and is empowered,” says the designer. Before that, the dress was seen on Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver and even inspired costumes for Broken Embraces, starring Penelope Cruz, as well as the 2011 thriller The Skin I Live In. [WWD; DVF; Vogue]

4. ...as did the designer herself.
A jack of all glamorous trades, DVF has tried her hand at writing, interior design, and even film. In 2000, she appeared in the satire Intern.

5. She is a celebrity favorite.
DVF: 7 Things You Need to Know About The Woman, The Dress, The Legend
(Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America; Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America)The stars flock to her runway shows (and special events), and even our first lady Michelle Obama is an avid wearer—She wore the wrap dress in her family's first holiday card in office. [Glamour]

6. She is tech-savvy.
DVF: 7 Things You Need to Know About The Woman, The Dress, The Legend
(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)For her Spring 2013 runway show, DVF had her models walk down the runway in Google glasses, which she herself also trailed behind in. 

7. The accomplished American designer did not gain U.S. citizenship until 2002.
Born in Belgium to a mother who survived the Holocaust, DVF first moved to New York in 1969 and in 1986 was recognized by the mayor as “an immigrant who had a major impact in America.” In 2005, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and by the next year, she was named their president, just four years after officially becoming an American citizen. [Vogue]

Want more DVF? View her current Spring 2014 collection:
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  • DVF: 7 Things You Need to Know About The Woman, The Dress, The Legend
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