Diane Von Furstenberg, Fashion designer
There was a time when you had to address Diane Von Furstenberg as ‘Princess Diane Von Furstenberg’ but these days the initials DVF are sufficient among fashionistas to know that you’re referring to the world famous Belgian-American fashion designer. Her iconic wrap dress is still a classic – no wonder that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York has included one of her dresses in its exhibits. Von Furstenberg received a lifetime achievement award for her groundbreaking fashion design.
“Antwerp reminds me of my childhood. I was born in Brussels, where I also lived for a time, but when I was a little girl, I often visited Antwerp for the day with my parents. I’ve always been fascinated by the history that is so palpable throughout the city. I also love museums that preserve history. My favourite museum undoubtedly is the Rubens House. I’ve been there a hundred times and every time I’m in Antwerp, I visit it again. Even after all these years I still discover things that surprise me. I just can’t get enough of it, so much beauty! The whole city resembles an old painting by the Flemish Primitives: everything is very authentic, the colours, the people, it all still works.”
“The presence of the port has contributed to the city’s highly international character. It is a trade city, where opportunities abound and things are always changing. It is impossible to sit still here. That is why I think Antwerp is a city full of artists, brimming with creativity. For me, Antwerp primarly is a city of hope, where opportunities are there for the taking. Just think of the international praise heaped on the Fashion Academy. Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, all big names, who launched their careers in Antwerp. I was very intimidated when I first met them, but also immensely grateful for the way in which they welcomed me to their city. Antwerp locals are very hospitable, there is an open, relaxed atmosphere which is very inspiring. My own collections are often influenced by women, by nature, but sometimes by cities and the vibe in these cities.”
Story created on March 7, 2013