On Monday night I had the pleasure of going to LACMA with my well-dressed man (!) and listening to a conversation between the legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg and W Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi. The effusive DVF explained how her business was born in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey printed dresses and spun her to fame, fortune and the dance floor of Studio 54. She went on to discuss her forays into the art world, having modeled for Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and Horst. Her anecdotes were charming, honest and resonated (with me!) as a woman. Diane Von Furstenberg is in the business of selling confidence. Her clothes, and especially the wrap dress, signify freedom and the becoming of a woman.
What could be amore appropriate venue then to house, DVF 40: The Journey of the Dress, at the Wilshire May Co. department store? In 2017, this building will become the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. (See renderings of the future museum)
|all below exhibit photos are courtesy of www.la.racked.com
The exhibit starts with the timeline hall that showcases the wrap’s history in film and pop culture.
The Wrap’s moments in history from Newsweek covers to the legendary Diane Vreeland who’s letter supported DVF from the very beginning.
Andy Warhol’s iconic pop art screen print of Diane in 1984.
The exhibit was broken down into four genres, the first being ‘Geometric’.
Clean, clear and ALWAYS modern. ‘Black and White’.
‘Felinity’, find your inner tiger!
I am an animal print/pattern addict. I think its because I am a Leo….
‘Smile’, the pop art grouping.
40 years of making a dress that makes you smile,
makes you proud
and gives you confidence.
Diane’s mantra is
‘life is too short, too short for insecurities’.
EVERYONE should own a DVF.
Don’t miss this exhibit.