Diane von Furstenberg
About the brand
The Diane von Furstenberg brand began 35 years ago with a collection of knit wrap dresses. Diane von Furstenberg quickly became one of the leading names in American fashion. Entering the world of fashion in the 70s, the designer sold 5 millions models of her wrap dress in the world. In 1974, the brand's motto came to life: “Feel like a woman, wear a dress”.
By 1976, Diane had sold millions of dresses, coming to symbolize female power and freedom to an entire generation. Built on the idea that women can be both feminine and independent, DVF has grown into what is today a global luxury lifestyle brand with a complete collection of ready-to-wear, swimwear, accessories, handbags, shoes, luggage and eyewear: all the while staying true to its core values. DVF has also partnered with other leaders in the luxury market to create a fine jewellery, watches and home collection.
Each shop is a reflection of the timeless and elegant style that has made DVF one of the most recognizable and relatable brands in the world. In 2005, Diane was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the council of fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for her impact on fashion, and one year later, was elected the CFDA’s new president, an office she continues to hold.
Diane Von Furstenberg is a firm believer in the infinite power of women, Diane sits on the board of Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organization that empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the world. In 2010 she established The DVF Awards with The Diller- von Furstenberg Family Foundation to honour women who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to their causes. The annual event aims to provide the honourees with exposure and support.
Yvan Mispelaere grew up in Normandy and spent all his time fashioning dresses for his sister’s Barbie. After his studies he began learning with French and Italian designers.
In 1989 he is the assistant of Claude Montana who was leader of the Haute Couture collection of Lanvin. After five years working with Montana, Mispelaere goes to Roma where he works for the Italian designer Valentino. Valentino was also a member of the Chambre de la Haute Couture. Mispelaere rejoins Prada in 1998, he transformed the Milan label in a more female and luxurious brand.
After several journeys all around the world, Mispelaere goes to Paris. He becomes art director in the fashion houses Féraud where he develops a typical Parisian style, feminine, elegant and mutineer.
In 2002, Yvan Mispelaere leaves Féraut and works for Chloé as assistant of Phoebe Philo. Then he rejoins Gucci and becomes the art director.
In April 2010 he becomes the art director of the American fashion houses Diane Von Furstenberg.
Fall Winter 2014 Collection
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Diane von Furstenberg brand. The festivities had already begun with the opening of the retrospective “Journey of a Dress” in Los Angeles, on the history of the brand and its envelope dress that brought the house its original success. For this anniversary collection, Diane von Furstenberg presented a Fall / Winter 2014 collection under the name Bohemian Wrapsody, in honour of her signature dress. Mix-and-match prints, bright colours, gold confetti - the party has just begun!