Who knew one dress could have such a big impact on the fashion world?! Who would have known something originally created from a sense of independence and strength would turn out to be the very design that would lead to a new chapter for Diane Von Furstenberg, who now stands at the helm at one of the most coveted high-end luxury brands in the States.
That’s exactly what Diane Von Furstenberghas done with her iconic wrap dress. The 67-year-old fashionista recently celebrated the forty-year anniversary of the her famed frock at DVF’s “Journey of Dress” Exhibition premiere at an A-list star studded party in Los Angeles this month.
The exhibit honored the timeless style she introduced in the early 1970s: A flattering, easy-to-wear dress that fastens with a simple tie at the waist.
“This is the first time that I ever honored the wrap dress, and she did so much for me,” said an ebullient Von Furstenberg, wearing a black wrap dress with floor-skimming yellow kimono sleeves. “She made me famous. She paid for all my bills. And tonight we celebrate the wrap dress.”
“I have had a very interesting relationship with the wrap dress because the truth is, it happened by accident,” she said. “First it was a little wrap top inspired by what ballerinas wear, with a matching skirt, and then I made it into a dress.”
The wrap dress is one of the most iconic dresses out there, ranking among the likes of Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Marilyn Monroe’s floaty white halter dress – and with good reason.
The DVF wrap dress not only accentuates the feminine physique, it also rings the alarm for inner strength — in addition to making it easier to slip out of from midnight caps. “Well, if you’re trying to slip out without waking a sleeping man, zips are a nightmare,” remarked Diane nearly 3 decades ago when a French journalist touched upon how the signature number came to be.
~ photo of Diane Von Furstenberg in her studio in the 70’s ~
~ Newsweek cover, March 22, 1976 ~
Diane’s words “feel like a woman, wear a dress” have resonated with women for decades throughout the world. Her ability to connect with women on a deeper level and her impeccable knack for making a normal girl feel like Wonder Woman through her designs is nothing short of talent.
A favourite is the classic Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) ‘Julian’ dress in silk jersey. If you can afford to splurge then this is hands down the best option. Guaranteed you won’t regret parting with the extra cash when you realize how much use you’ll get out of it. But if that dress is going to hurt your wallet then there are tons of super similar styles out there that won’t break the bank.
New Julian Two Silk Jersey Dress in Animal Rain Red, approx $365 CAD, Diane von Furstenberg
I’m madly in love with Banana Republic’s classic version. Whichever style you choose, run, don’t walk, to the mall to get yourself your new favourite dress. It can be a post-holiday present for yourself.
Gemma Wrap Dress, $124 CAD, Banana Republic
The dress that stands the test of time. It’s a total standard in a woman’s closet and it’s just so easy: You throw it on, it’s not uncomfortable, and it’s sexy. And after 40 years, DVF’s wrap dress definitely deserves a party.
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Are you a fan of DVF’s wrap dresses? Do you currently have one in your closet?