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Diane von Fürstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg first entered the fashion world in 1970 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses. Four years later, she created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. By 1976, she had sold over a million of the dresses and was featured on the cover of Newsweek. In 1997, after a hiatus from fashion, Diane re-launched the iconic dress that started it all, reestablishing her company as the global luxury lifestyle brand that it is today. DVF has expanded to a full collection of ready-to-wear clothing and accessories that include: shoes, handbags, small leather goods, scarves, and jewelry. The company also offers luggage, eye wear, and home furnishings. DVF is now sold in over 55 countries, including 132 DVF owned and partner stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.In 2005, Furstenberg received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for her impact on fashion, and one year later was elected the CFDA's President. In this significant role, she has dedicated herself to fostering emerging talent and helping to establish the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, which protects designers from counterfeit reproductions of their work. In 2015, Furstenberg was named Chairman of the CFDA.Furstenberg's commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion, but also through philanthropy and mentorship. She sits on the board of Vital Voices, a non-governmental organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Furstenberg established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to their causes. In 2012, Forbes magazine named Furstenberg the "Most Powerful Woman in Fashion." In 2014, Furstenberg published a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be. In 2015, she was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.With her corporate headquarters in New York's Meatpacking District, Furstenberg has long been a vocal member of the local community and was actively involved in the campaign to save the historic High Line railway and to develop The High Line Park into what it is today. She also serves on the board of Culture Shed, the new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City.Furstenberg is married to Barry Diller. She has two children, Alexander and Tatiana, and four grandchildren. With all of her successes, Furstenberg happily maintains that "[My] children are my greatest creation."

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Dec 31, 1945 In Brussels, Belgium
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series CBS News Sunday Morning 1979
Latest Project:
Series Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-02-24

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of American Masters
The Fashion Fund Judge 10 episodes, 2016 2014-01-22
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Project Runway All Stars Unknown 2012-01-05
The City Unknown 2008-12-01
The Rachel Zoe Project Unknown 2008-08-04
Gossip Girl Unknown 2007-09-19
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Project Runway Unknown 2004-12-01
America's Next Top Model Unknown 2003-05-20
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979