Friday, February 15, 2008
Diane von Fürstenberg (b. December 31, 1946, Belgium) is a fashion designer best known for her hallmark wrap dress. She studied economics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and, at the university, met Prince Egon of Fürstenberg, the elder son of a German prince. The couple married in 1969 and divorced three years later. Diane became Princess Diane of Fürstenberg.
In 2002, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. In 1970, Fürstenberg began designing women's clothes. She is best known for introducing the knitted jersey "wrap dress" in 1973. Fürstenberg has started a number of successful businesses including a line of cosmetics and has ventured into the home-shopping business, which she started in 1991. In 1985 she moved to Paris, France where she founded Salvy, a French-language publishing house. From her design and marketing studio in a 19th-century carriage house in West Greenwich Village in New York City, she produces a line of high-end women's apparel.
In 2005, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded Fürstenberg a lifetime achievement award. In 2006, she was named president of the CFDA. In 1998 she published her memoirs, "Diane: A Signature Life".