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International Women’s Day! Celebrating Diane Von Furstenberg

International Women’s Day! Celebrating Diane von Furstenberg

Throughout her life, Diane von Furstenberg has had the opportunity to adopt a number of different titles: mother, fashion designer, former princess, and outspoken advocate for a woman’s right to sexuality. DVF’s most notable design was her wrap dress, which was inspired by the outfits worn by ballerinas in practice.

Constructed out of jersey to highlight a woman’s natural figure while allowing for natural movement of the female body, DVF famously said, “If you are trying to slip out without waking a sleeping man, zips are a nightmare. Haven’t you ever tried to creep out of the room unnoticed the following morning? I’ve done that many times.”

The popularization of the wrap dress coincided with second-wave feminism’s fight to level the playing field between men and women. Important developments that came out of this wave were the increased access to contraception and the ruling of Roe v. Wade, which gave women the right to privacy in the decision to have abortions. Today, DVF uses her position of prominence in the fashion world to discuss controversial issues in fashion—among them, the pervasiveness of underweight models, and the lack of racial representation on runways and in print. DVF has always believed that what someone decides to wear and how they decide to present themselves should always be representative of the person beneath the surface.

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