Icon of the Week: Diane Von Furstenberg

By: Gabriela Herstik

Diane Van Furstenberg has been a tidal wave of power in the fashion world since 1972. Diane has always believed in the human spirit and the innate ability that women have to change the world. With nothing but a suitcase full of jersey dresses, Diane was able to spark a revolution in the modern day women’s fashion by creating the wrap dress, and by giving women everywhere the ability and opportunity to dress for themselves.

Diane has been dubbed “the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel,” and for good reason; even after her hiatus from the fashion world ended in 1997, she was able to re-establish her company and create a world renown and iconic fashion house. Today, Diane serves as the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and is also a philanthropist.

Currently, Diane is on the board of Vital Voice, “a non-governmental organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world.” Her unyielding belief in women is present in every facet of her life and business, from her designs to the way she gives back. Diane has partnered with numerous organizations and charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen and Teach for America.

Perhaps Diane’s most notable philanthropic endeavor is none other than “The DVF Awards.” Established in 2010, The DVF Awards were started “to honor and support extraordinary women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire.” Five awards are given to women who are making a positive impact on this world with their leadership, strength and courage. Each recipient receives $50,000 from the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation to help continue her work with the organization that she supports.

United Colors of Fashion is proud to support Diane in all her endeavors to empower women. Just like UCOF understands the potential in our youth, Diane understands the unparalleled power in women. We are proud to support a woman who supports and fosters opportunities for women and men worldwide.

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