-By Mansi Suryavanshi.
Diane von Fürstenberg has established herself as one of the most influential names in the business since founding her own label in 1972. Among the numerous successes and honors she has accrued along the road, the Belgian designer, philanthropist, and businesswoman is most well-known for creating the wrap dress in 1974, which has been around for 50 years. The figure-hugging jersey piece quickly rose to cult status as a symbol of female empowerment and strength, loved equally by Waspy Upper East Siders and the Studio 54 crowd.
According to von Fürstenberg, her iconic garment made her. “People say I invented the wrap dress, but, if I’m honest, the dress created me,” she previously said to Vogue. “It allowed me to be the woman I wanted to be, and I want to share that confidence with other women,” she said. “It helped me become confident and independent.”
The easy dress, which will celebrate 50 next year, is beloved by a number of well-known people, including Madonna, Paris Hilton, Michelle Obama, and the current Princess of Wales. The Fashion and Lace Museum in Brussels, the hometown of DVF, is sponsoring an exhibition called “Woman Before Fashion” that debuted this week and honors the momentous occasion. Hulu is also developing a documentary tracing the growth of the fashion designer.