She may have created a garment that has stood the test of time, but Diane Von Furstenberg admits that she resented the success of her iconic wrap dress.
The style, which Diane created in the 1970s, is still as popular today as it was when it made waves in the fashion world 40 years ago!
But the designer reveals she was constantly frustrated by the dress overshadowing her other work.
“It’s very funny. Even though I owe everything to her – she paid all my bills, my children’s education, my houses – I never appreciated her and sometimes resented her,” Diane explains.
“I thought, ‘Why do people always talk about the wrap dress when I do so many other things?’”
But while working on a 40th anniversary retrospective of the dress at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 67-year-old discovered a newfound appreciation for her famous garment.
“When I was preparing this exhibition, I noticed how the dress has taken on a life of its own and decided it was time to honor it,” she says.
Diane in front of her retrospective “Journey of a Dress”
And the fashionista believes that the dress’ success stems from its universal appeal.
“You can’t say what has made this dress so enduring – not everything starts with a logo or a marketing plan,” explains Diane.
“But this exhibition includes dresses that my mother wore, that I wore, and my daughter and granddaughters. And that says something I think.”