Jan 13, 2014
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Exhibit Marks 40 Years of Wrap Dress by Von Furstenberg; Her Retreat Is in Connecticut

Exhibit Marks 40 Years of Wrap Dress by Von Furstenberg; Her Retreat Is in Connecticut

Legendary women’s fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, whose country retreat, Cloudwalk Farm, is located in a rural part of New Milford, unveiled her iconic wrap dress 40 years ago this year.

The anniversary is being marked with an exhibit, Journey of a Dress, that opened with an event Friday in Los Angeles and continues through April 1.

“You launch something and it has a life of its own, independent of me,” von Furstenberg tells Vogue magazine. “ … I took it for granted … and sometimes I even resented it—even though it paid all my bills!”

Vogue and its Editor in Chief Diana Vreeland were instrumental in getting the wrap dress and its designer launched toward eventual fame. According to the Vogue story, Vreeland offered the only positive reaction to a first collection that was being dismissed by others as “a princess’s whim.”

Von Furstenberg has been active in aiding Connecticut groups such as the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), an environmental group dedicated to preserving and protecting the watershed of the river. She has served as honorary chairman for HVA’s annual auction, and has donated items such as a visit to her New York studio, lunch at a trendy restaurant and a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase something from the designer's collection. (Above, a model wearing a Diane Von Furstenberg dress in the designer's fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City on Sunday, September 8, 2013.)

An Associated Press story on the event held to open the exhibit said the designer, 67, wore “a black wrap dress with floor-skimming yellow kimono sleeves.”

Among those in attendance were Marisa Tomei, Demi Moore, Molly Sims, Robin Wright and Rachel Zoe.

See a video of von Furstenberg talking about her wrap dress, and more about the exhibit on the designer’s website.

 

Exhibit Marks 40 Years of Wrap Dress by Von Furstenberg; Her Retreat Is in Connecticut

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