February 2007

Diane: A Signature Life

Simon & Schuster

  • 1230 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York , NY

(212) 698-2100 

abc Diane: A Signature Life xyz is an autobiography of a fairy tale princess, jet setting socialite, uber businesswoman, dedicated mother of two, but most importantly, international fashion designer. Diane Von Furstenberg has been a household name for three decades.  She has broken sales records and reached out to massive audiences through her innovative style and personal approach. 

Diane Von Furstenberg is the daughter of a concentration camp survivor.  It would be the pain and suffering her mother experienced that would instill in her the importance to strive for freedom, success and a strong dose of independence. A native of Belgium, Diane grew up in a prosperous and inspiring household when she was not enrolled in boarding schools.  Yet it would be while studying Economics in Switzerland that her life would take a turn into a world high above the clouds.  While in Geneva, Diane met and married (in New York) Austro-Italian Prince, Egon of Furstenberg.

Diane Von Furstenberg exploded onto the fashion scene in the early seventies by launching the ever-famous wrap dress.  Prints based off of her love of nature, this knit phenomenon sealed her stamp of approval and eventually made its way to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Her ventures into the cosmetics industry gathered her much attention and led her to be an icon to many women who appreciated themselves as both beautiful and intelligent.  Diane is the mother of two children and though time out was taken to raise the children, her return to the industry was much welcomed and celebrated.  Diane has conquered both the high-end market as well as the masses through QVC.  With her penchant for life and all its wonders, it is no wonder that Diane Von Furstenberg remains one to admire.

Reviewer: Francisco Murillo, FIDM Library Staff Member