Design Talks: Diane von Furstenberg
At W's annual Design Talks series at Art Basel Miami, Editor in Chief Stefano Tonchi sat down with friend and fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg for a candid discussion on career, family and becoming the woman she always wanted to be.
Released on 2/1/2013
|Starring:||Stefano Tonchi and Diane von Furstenberg|
[Diane] I did not know when I was growing up,
what I wanted to do
but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.
I wanted to be a woman who could pay her bills,
who can go out with whoever she wants to
and just be independent.
Do you think that design,
is something that has always been your blood?
I went to work for an Italian fashion industrial man,
he printed for Feragamo, Gucci,
he made printed fur scarves.
So working with him there,
I learned everything about printing.
The people who design prints
have been doing that for generations.
You work with the colorists in the factory,
rather their father was a colorists,
the grandfather was a colorists.
So, even though they were workers
it was like working with little Michelangelo, you know?
Today I realized that I learned everything from him.
There is something about that wrap dress,
People saw in it something special.
The wrap dress became this incredible, let's call it,
uniform for an independent woman.
I think it was sending a very specific right message
at the right moment.
There are women out there that were ready to wear
something that was covering up but revealing of the body-
The thing that's was the most amazing,
it's staying power.
The wrap dress is nothing more than a robe.
It existed before but it never existed [both] in jersey.
So that women felt like they were like a feline,
they felt like an animal.
And when a woman feels like an animal, good things happen.
I think you have always talked about,
I mean particular, you talked to me,
very recently about the idea of confidence,
it's really like the days of your career.
I want a woman when she opens her closet
and she's going for a date
or she has to make a presentation
or she has to ask for a raise.
She goes to her friend and she will go to DVF.
Because that's what we do, we give women confidence.
What do you like to collect?
I like to collect jewelry, yeah.
But you know a lot about jewelry.
So you have done some great collections of jewelry.
And I was married with two who loved buying me jewelry, yes.
What does jewelry and women to do with each other?
There is some fatal attraction.
Men like to see jewelry on their women
because its a sign of pride.
And I like big jewelry.
I like jewelry that are like weapons.
I do, I have some very dangerous rings.
Tell me just about the men important in your life,
for a second.
Okay, well I can tell you something.
And they are very different.
My mother gave me strength.
Because my mother was a Holocaust survivor
and she told me that fear was not an option.
But my father gave me love,
that made my relationship with men easy.
A very strong woman with a man that provides
somehow, the love and the support.
Yes because I was never needy
because he gave me so much love.
If you don't expect it, you receive more
or if you don't need it, you'll receive more.
I was lucky with that.
You are working on a new book.
And the title is [both] The Woman I Wanted to Be.
Are you that woman?
And I realize that, if I leave anything
is I hope that I can leave behind me
to tell every woman, what I have learned
is that you can be the woman you want to be
and to some degree in all countries
you can design your life.