Since arriving in New York in the 1970s with a suitcase full of jersey dresses, DVF has made fashion history and become notorious for her timelessly flattering dresses. When her figure-hugging, jersey wrap dress became a cult item, she was cemented in the realm of icons. Over the next 30 years, she saw her business soar, decline and, in the last decade, resurge in popularity, to become the multimillion-dollar fashion empire it is today. Proving that her initial success was “no accident”…






During her break from business, Diane concentrated on her then-teenage children (she has daughter Tatiana, now 44, and son Alexander, now 45, with her ex-husband Egon von Furstenberg). In fact, she thought that was it for her.




"My children were teenagers by then, and when your kids are teenagers, you love them but you don’t like them, so they went to boarding school and I went to Paris…" she said. "I thought fashion was finished for me. I did other things.”

But despite some hiccups along the way, Diane is proud of what she's achieved. Now she can mentor up-and-coming designers, for example through her role as President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.



“I became an independent woman through fashion..." she smiled. "And I did it for myself, but now I preach it for others. I’m very lucky that whether through philanthropy, mentoring, or my work, it’s all under the same umbrella. If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it’s as a woman who told other women that they can be the woman they want to be.”



This book is a autobiography collected by Forbes, over 400 pages. There are two parts contained. Part 1 "The woman i am" is a reflection of Diane`s personal life since her childhood. Her special love and interests on fashion, the wrap dress 1974 for example. Part 2 "The business of fashion" offers the analysis on how Diane achieves her fashion empire. Diane von Furstenberg is on her way of celebrating 40 years of her over-6-million-pieces-sold-out wrap dress. Splendid past, expected future...