The Belgian-American fashion designer takes on the world of tech as she continues celebrating the iconic dress that put her name on the map.
It’s been a pretty cool year so far for Diane Von Furstenberg: Not only has she been busy celebrating the 40th anniversary of her wrap dress with an exhibit in L.A., but news just came out that she’s also teaming up with Google Glass to change its clunky, geeked-out gadget into something quite possibly…dare we say…chic? You fashionably conscious may think it’s impossible, but if DVF can’t do it, then who can?
Since Von Furstenberg knows a thing or two about being an innovator, it was no surprise she was the first fashion designer to bring Google Glass onto the runway at New York Fall Fashion Week in 2012. That futuristic, bold move on her part has spawned an anticipated new line—DVF Made for Glass Collection—which will be on sale on June 23rd. And that’s a wrap! Well, not literally…
DVF has another milestone to celebrate. Forty years ago this year, she designed the wrap dress—a versatile, affordable garment a woman could wear both to work and to a hot night on the town. In the 1970s it was the first feminine look that a working gal could wear that achieved the sartorial and sexual liberation she was hungry for. DVF’s little invention ignited a revolution that took her career to the next level, and by 1975, she was making 15,000 wrap dresses per week.
“The wrap dress is the one thing that I owe everything to,” Von Furstenberg said at the opening of her wrap dress exhibit in L.A. earlier this January. “She paid for all of my bills, she paid for my children’s education, she gave me my fame. Sometimes I even resented the wrap dress because, whenever someone said my name, they always tied it to the dress. I wanted to say, ‘Hey, I make other things, too!’ But as I got older I realized its impact. It now has a life of its own. The wrap dress gave me my freedom.”