All About Diane von Furstenberg - And That Iconic Wrap Dress

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG is an absolute icon whose contributions to the fashion world – including the knitted jersey “wrap dress” – are classic, timeless, chic and always beautiful. She has an amazing sense of what makes women feel empowered by their femininity. I also completely identify with her slogan, “love is life.” 

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Diane Von Furstenberg at the premiere of 'A Walk On The Moon' on March 29, 1999.​

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Fashion Designer Diane Von Furstenberg Arrives For The Premiere Of 'Flawless' In New York City November 15, 1999.  

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Designer Diane Von Furstenberg walks down the runway on September 17, 2000 after the presentation of her latest collection in women's fashion during the '7th on Sixth' Spring 2001 fashion show in New York City. 

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Diane Von Furstenberg at the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala to salute Cafe' Society and the legendary work of photographer Edward Steichen held in New York City on November 6, 2000.

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Designer Diane Von Furstenberg attends a performance of the "Pied Piper" to benefit the American Ballet Theatre January 29, 2001. 

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Diane Von Furstenberg at the 'Bridget Jones's Diary' film premiere at the the Ziegfeld Theater on April 2, 2001.

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Diane von Furstenberg at the opening of her new store the 'Shop' on West 12th St. in New York City on April 18, 2011. 

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg arrives at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala for the opening of 'Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 23, 2001.

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg at the 20th Annual American Fashion Awards at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on June 14, 2001. 

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg arrives at a party to celebrate designer Matthew Williamson's Fall/Winter 2001 collection, sponsored by Vogue on June 27, 2001. 

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Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg at "The Culture Forum", a symposium comprised of  leading visionaries in the arts at the Great Hall in Cooper Union on November 6, 2001.  

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Diane Von Furstenberg hosts an evening of Art, Beauty and Love on December 5, 2001. 

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Designer Diane Von Furstenberg arrives at the Actors'' Fund celebration of the 100th birthday of Lee Strasberg at the Minskoff Theater on February 11, 2002. 

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg arriving at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2002. 

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg at The Fashion Group International's 19th Annual Night Of Stars at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 24, 2002. 

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Socialite Diane Von Furstenberg attends the "2003 CFDA Fashion Awards" at the New York Public Library on June 2, 2003.

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Diane von Furstenberg poses backstage at the Diane Von Furstenberg show during Olympus Fashion Week 2005. 

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Diane von Furstenberg during 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. 

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Diane von Furstenberg attends the MET Costume Institute Gala Celebrating Chanel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 2, 2005. 

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg arrives at the "7th On Sale Online" Gala on November 10, 2005 in New York City.  

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Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg speaks during an interview backstage at the Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2006 fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park. 

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Designer Diane Von Furstenberg attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2006.  

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Diane Von Furstenberg arrives for the Premiere of the Pedro Almodovar movie 'Volver,' as part of the 59th International Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2006.  

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Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg attends the re-release of The Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main St." album at The Museum of Modern Art on May 11, 2010.  

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Designer Diane Von Furstenburg attends The 5th Important Dinner for Women at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 20, 2010 in New York City.  

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Designer Diane Von Furstenberg walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2012.  

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Diane von Furstenberg attends the Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) dinner on March 31, 2011 in Shanghai, China.  

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg attends the 3rd annual Diane Von Furstenberg awards at the United Nations on March 9, 2012.  

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg  attends the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 17, 2012. 

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Diane von Furstenburg attends "The World of Gloria Vanderbilt:  Collages, Dream Boxes, and Recent Paintings" Preview Party Gala Benefit on September 12, 2012.  

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An Hermes Birkin bag, a Burberry trench, a Christian Louboutin heel...there are some classic items that have remained timeless staples in the closets of fashionable women everywhere. The DVF wrap dress is no exception. Spotted on celebs from Kim Catrall to Beyonce Knowles, the simple two-paneled jersey dress of the designer's own invention has become an iconic piece for women of all ages.

Diane von Furstenberg started her design business in the early 1970s, while married to her former husband, a descendant of German royalty. Though she had no financial need to work, von Furstenberg wanted to assert herself as a strong, independent woman. The idea for the wrap dress came to DVF when she spotted Julie Nixon Eisenhower on television wearing one of her wrap tops paired with one of her skirts. After that, DVF started manufacturing the wrap top as a dress. The look was an instant hit, and by 1975, von Furstenberg was making thousands of dresses a week.

In 1976, she graced the cover of Newsweek as an icon of female liberation. The universal style appealed from everyone from housewives to movie stars to politicians. The wrap dress perfectly epitomized DVF's image of an independent woman, as well as the women's liberation of the 1970s.

It was clear the wrap dress was becoming a mainstay in the wardrobes of women. DVF has been quoted that one of her major success secrets is that she thinks like a woman. Her wrap dresses are made of jersey, and gracefully skim over curves without clinging to them. Over the years, the style has survived the closing and reopening of DVF's design business. Stepping away from the fashion spotlight, DVF moved to Paris after a brief stint with cosmetics and home décor. She returned in 1997 to a more than welcoming audience.

The wrap dress continues to sell out of stores today, and though there have been slight alterations over the years, it remains true to its original form. Its latest incarnation is the Bentley style, with a body-conscious silhouette and ruching at the side seams. If you're looking to buy a classic dress that will flatter your figure and won't go out of style, the wrap dress is an investment piece that will last for years. After all, DVF designed it with you in mind.

Happy Birthday to one of our favorite ladies of all time, Diane von Furstenberg. The fashion icon turned 66 on December 31st. Click through the slideshow above to see Diane's style throughout the years!

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