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It’s common knowledge that Diane von Furstenberg is one of the world’s most famous fashion designers and an icon of wisdom and success for millions of women. In 1974 she designed a now-iconic wrap dress early in her career, unknowingly also creating a symbol for women’s liberation. The dress quickly became a multimillion-dollar selling sensation sending Diane to the top in fashion industry.


Diane von Furstenberg was born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin on December 31, 1946, in Brussels, Belgium. Her prosperous Jewish parents provided her with a trouble-free childhood. Von Fürstenberg attended schools in Switzerland, Spain, and England and in 1966, she transferred to the University of Geneva, where she met Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg, her future husband and heir to the Fiat automobile fortune.

The happily married couple soon moved to New York City in late 1969, where in April 1972 von Furstenberg established her own manufacturing business and opened a Seventh Avenue showroom. That’s when her revolutionary wrap dress was born being both a comfortable business dress and an elegant evening gown at the same time. By 1976, she had sold 5 million wrap dresses and landed covers of Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.

But von Furstenberg’s personal life was crumbling. She and her husband divorced in 1983 and Diana had to move to Europe fleeing bankruptcy. There she left the fashion world for a while and founded Salvy, a French-language publishing house. In the beginning of  1990s she entered the home-shopping QVC world with her line Silk Assets. “It was tacky, but it gave me confidence.”

In 1997, after a hiatus from fashion, Diane reemerged on the New York fashion scene with the re launch of the dress that had started it all and began building her company into a global luxury lifestyle brand. Today, the DVF collection includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, eyewear, swim, DVF by H. Stern fine jewelry and watches, rugs, home and luggage.

Besides all her fashion work you might also know Diane as a writer. First was a trio of coffee table books that exposed the interior lives of the rich and famous: Beds , The Bath, The Table. But then she exposed her own life in her autobiography DIANE: A Signature Life, a frank and compelling look at her marriage and her fashion career. And only last year the designer released another memoir, the empowerment-themed The Woman I Wanted to Be sharing some of the business lessons she had learned over the years.

So I’d like you to read some pieces of the most inspiring and powerful advice that The Business Journals has recently rounded up. Don’t give it a second thought, they are totally worth reading!

1. “Some days I’m confident, some days I feel like a loser. There are no successful people who never feel like losers, they don’t exist.”


2. “When I was a young girl, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be. I wanted to be an independent woman, and I wanted to be in charge of my life, and that’s really what I wanted. I think what’s important [is] to be honest with yourself and figure out what is your door.”


3.“Whenever you talk about business, whenever you talk about love, whenever you talk about beauty, you have to have your truth, believe in your truth, and continue and stay on brand. It’s hard, and even when you’re successful, it’s hard to stay there.”


4.”Be hard on yourself. Ask ‘Do I make sense? Am I crazy?’ You can listen to everybody [else], but follow your heart. The worst mistake is to do something and then realize, ‘I didn’t really want to do it but so-and-so told me to.'”


5. “It’s just [about] focusing. My greatest quality is my impulse and my biggest fault is my impulse. When an idea doesn’t work out, you just have to accept it and move on.”


6.”It’s always the daughters who bring back the mothers [to a brand]. It’s important to stay close to the young.”


7.“The most important thing is to know who you are getting involved with, and what is in it for them. In any negotiations, put yourself in the other person’s seat and see what their interest is. Make sure with the distribution, the product—everything, that you both agree on it.”


So do you feel as inspired and empowered as me now? Tell us how you find this DVF’s career advice!

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