Los Angeles, January 14, 2014 – Diane Von Furstenberg celebrates 40 years of the wrap dress with her Journey Of A Dress Exhibition in Los Angeles. Last Friday, the 67-year old designer invited fashion industry brass and celebrities such as Marisa Tomei, Demi Moore, Tobey Maguire, Molly Sims, Edward Norton, Robin Wright and Rachel Zoe to the opening of her exhibit.
The exhibit honours the timeless style she introduced in the early 1970s. “This is the first time that I ever honoured the wrap dress, and she did so much for me,” said Von Furstenberg, wearing a black wrap dress with floor-skimming yellow kimono sleeves. “She made me famous. She paid for all my bills. And tonight we celebrate the wrap dress.”
“It’s a total standard in a woman’s closet,” said stylist Estee Stanley, who counts Jessica Biel and Lea Michele among her clients. “It’s just so easy: You throw it on, it’s not uncomfortable, and it’s sexy.”
The exhibit at the Wilshire May Company Building, on view until April 1st, features the designer’s favorite dresses from throughout the decades. Mannequins stand in neat rows, each in different versions of the wrap dress.
Part of “Journey of a Dress” is dedicated to the designer herself: Paintings and portraits of Von Furstenberg by artists including Andy Warhol and Annie Leibovitz fill one room of the exhibit. The hallway is lined with oversized reproductions of the DVF wrap dress in the pages of 1970s Vogue magazine and on models and movie stars then and now. Rene Russo, Jerry Hall and Iman wore them in the ’70s, as did Cybill Shepherd in “Taxi Driver” in 1976. Michelle Obama and Madonna wore them recently. So did Amy Adams in “American Hustle.”