Diane von Fürstenberg was born Diane Simone Michelle
Halfin on December 31, 1946, in Brussels, Belgium. One of
the world's most successful fashion designers, von
Fürstenberg impressed the fashion world when she introduced
her now-iconic "wrap dress" for the working woman in 1972.
In 1966, she transferred to the University of Geneva,
where she met Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg, heir to
the Fiat automobile fortune. The couple quickly fell
in love and married. She and Prince Egon separated in
1975 and divorced in 1983.
As Princess von Fürstenberg, she apprenticed with Italian
textile manufacturer Angelo Ferretti. The von Fürstenbergs
moved to New York City in late 1969, where Diane attempted
to interest garment manufacturers in her sample designs.
In April 1970 von Fürstenberg showed her first collection
at the Gotham Hotel in New York City. Because she had little
experience in producing clothes on a large scale, von
Furstenberg at first worked with major women's clothing
manufacturers, but in April 1972 she established her own
By the mid 1970s, von Fürstenberg's "wrap dress" had
revolutionized American women's apparel. It was
versatile—working as both a comfortable business dress and
an elegant evening gown. Furstenberg became a powerful
fashion icon in the 70s by acknowledging the needs of a
growing number of career-minded women.
The designer is married to media mogul and billionaire
philanthropist Barry Diller.
Her collections are sold in over 55 countries, and she's
dressed such fashionistas as Michelle Obama and Gwyneth
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