Diane Von Furstenberg: A Life Unwrapped

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A sweeping biography of one of the most influential and controversial legends of New York fashion the iconic designer whose creations captured the modern feminist spiritIn 1969, when women's liberation and equal rights were on everyone's lips, twenty-two-year-old Diane von Furstenberg set out to have a career of her own. The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Diane grew up a frizzy-haired, gap-toothed outsider in Brussels. Improbably, she became the wife of Austrian nobleman Egon von Furstenberg, moved to New York City, and quickly made herself a fixture of an outrageous fashion scene. Pregnant and lugging a suitcase of samples to department stores, Diane started a dress business with three styles and in 1973, stormed onto the national stage with the invention of the wrap dress.Embraced for its flattering style by millions of American women of all ages, sizes, and shapes, the dress became a cult object, tied inexorably to the image Diane projected of youth, independence, and sex "the DVF woman," a model of self-sufficiency, sensuality, and confidence. In this masterful biography, Gioia Diliberto delves beyond that woman to bring Diane's extraordinary life into focus, from her post World War II childhood in Belgium, through her rise to the top of the fashion world during the decadent seventies and glamorous go-go eighties, to her humiliating failures both professional and personal, and her remarkable comeback in the nineties.Drawing on interviews with Diane's family, friends, lovers, employees, and the designer herself, Diliberto creates a captivating portrait of von Furstenberg through her relationships and role in the development of a uniquely American style. As befits the story of a clothing designer who became a stunning pop cultural icon, the book also explores fashion's evolution from rare luxury to marketing monster, and the larger world of the nation's elite an exclusive club where fashion, culture, society, politics, and Hollywood collide. Lively and insightf

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Diliberto s biography of a determined yet often self-destructive woman adds to the legacy this force for fashion and female autonomy has bequeathed to the world. --Booklist"

Explores the pulse and impulses of the designer. --Daily Mail (London)"

Unwrap and enjoy. --Library Journal"

A fresh and incisive look at the first--and most intriguing--of [Hemingway s] four wives. --"The Boston Globe" on "Paris Without End""

Diliberto s prose . . . sings . . . leaves the reader with a vivid sense of the beauty in question, in both the painter s version, and the lady s herself. --"San Francisco Chronicle" on "I Am Madame X""

A complex and often incredibly fun portrait . . . Diliberto deftly highlights the heady social whirl of Paris . . . [A] handsomely imagined story. --"Los Angeles Times" on "I Am Madame X""

Postwar Paris and the ruthlessly competitive atelier of Coco Chanel come to glamorously gritty life. --"Vogue" on "The Collection""

Thoroughly reported . . . rich with delicious details . . . a timely tale of a woman who knows what other women want: Everything. --USA Today"

Fast and engrossing...a fun and insightful read about both the woman and the larger fashion universe. --Chicago Business Journal"

A fresh look at DVF s life...as powerfully seductive as the designer s iconic wrap dress. --DuJour"

Fascinating .A detailed, grittier portrait of the woman Hemingway loved and left. --Newsday on "Paris without End""

A bittersweet modern love story [that] reads as easily as a novel . . . their intimacy and candour was the raw material for Hemingway s great early short stories which achieved a powerful new realism about he relations between men and women. --Vogue on "Paris Without End""

Absorbing . . . an all-access pass into the life of this enterprising artist [and] a lively portrait of a bold and determined woman as colorful and alluring as her fashions. --Chicago Tribune"

One of BUSTLE s 11 Women In Nonfiction Who Are Totally Killing It Diliberto captures Diane s determination in the early days to build a fashion brand and her great success striking the exact right note at the right moment with the creation of her modern wrap dress. --Providence Journal"

A compelling portrait. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

Un-put-downable. --Wall Street Journal"

Fascinating . . . examines the designer s rise to stardom from her postwar, European childhood to the personal scandals of her adulthood through a feminist lens. --Bustle"

Fascinating. --New York Times Sunday Book Review"

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