Sunday, January 19, 2014

Diane von Furstenberg - 40 Years and Kicking

Diane von Furstenberg has been as good as a household name to many of my generation. We grew up with her sensibilities in ready to wear as well as DIY sewing patterns. As I was browsing the August 14, 1983 issue of The New York Times Magazine I came across this ad for a Diane von Furstenberg sweater. Argyle and timeless.

Imagine my surprise when I picked up the latest issue of NOTIONS from the American Sewing Guild to read that right next to The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, home to one of the most incredible collections of Contemporary Art, the Wilshire May Company Building will play host to a celebration of Diane von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dress, a work of art it it's own right.

WRAP 40 - Celebrating the Dress that Started it all

My friends on Etsy are celebrating the wrap dress with vintage Diane von Furstenberg sewing patterns. Create your own version of the dress that liberated and empowered women for a generation.

Find this classic American Hustle Wrap Dress at Cloe's Closet on Etsy

Vogue 2342 Easy Wrap Top and Maxi Skirt from SewBettyandDot on Etsy

Vintage Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dress at Vienna's Grace on Etsy

An Evening Wrap Dress Vogue 1610 at DesignRewindFashions on Etsy

Watch this video of the artist introducing the exhibition. 


  1. What an awesome designer she is... I remember seeing one of her first wrap dresses years ago! Thanks so much, Mary, for the feature!

  2. Such an iconic dress & what incredible fashion sense she has! This dress in beautiful on nearly every woman and is sewer friendly too. Thank you for sharing my wrap dress in your blog!