Diane von Furstenberg Sneaks Out Of Bed & Hearts China

Apr 6, 2011 By Amy

Do you how the idea for the now iconic wrap dress came to designer Diane von Furstenberg? In the eighties she told French reporters, “Well, if you’re trying to slip out without waking a sleeping man, zips are a nightmare.” While being interviewed by The Telegraph recently she was reminded of this response and the now 64-year-old replied, “Haven’t you ever tried to creep out of the room unnoticed the following morning? I’ve done that many times.” Furstenberg’s free spirit is refreshing and the designer continues to put new life into her fashion staple each season (most recently at NYFW).

In honor of the famed design Furstenberg threw a “red ball” in Shanghai, China and a retrospective on her work titled “Journey of a Wrap Dress.” Furstenberg, who has always been in love with Chinese women and culture said a book by Jung Chang called Wild Swans helped her face cancer treatment. ”Every day for eight weeks, I took that book along to radiation therapy with me. I decided I would only read it there, so it gave me a reason to go. By the end of my treatment, I had finished the book.”

Such an amazing story; it’s easy to see why Chinese culture has continued to have an influence on Furstenberg. So what else did the legendary designer and CFDA president dish during her UK interview? Here are the highlights:

On the recommendation to go under the knife after her skiing accident
“Six weeks ago, I had a terrible accident,and do you know what everybody said? ‘This is a great opportunity for you to have a facelift.’ Any doubts I had about not having anything done evaporated, because all I wanted was to get my old face back. I don’t want to be anyone else.”

On the modern fixation of perfection:
“Modern fixation with perfection is “ridiculous and dangerous”, she says. “But I think the pendulum will swing back the other way. The whole point about beauty is its imperfection.”

The best thing about getting older?
“That you have lived so much. And the worst thing is that you have less time ahead. It’s very simple.”

Love her answers! See more of Diane von Furstenberg on MyFDB and for the full interview visit The Telegraph.

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