Diane von Furstenberg speaks to the press at The Museum at FIT.
At the press preview of Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA, I looked up from photographing a cluster of dresses in the exhibit hall and in the dim light found myself a foot away from Diane von Furstenberg, with both of us smiling at each other and nobody else around. And even though I am very shy in approaching famous people I knew I had to take this opportunity to say hello. I introduced myself and told her how excited I was to meet her. She smiled, touched my cheek and said, “You’re so pretty!”
I was floored, this was not what I was expecting. At all. I had to laugh, she caught me so completely off-guard and then I said the first thing that came to mind: “Do you think so?” “Yes!” she said. We only chatted for a moment and I mainly told her I needed the leopard wrap dress of hers (from 1974) in my closet, and about how well her dresses sell at Bloomingdale’s across all generations (which they do). She was being hustled away by museum staff to give remarks to the press but before she left she said, “You’re a beautiful woman!”
There’s something very generous and inviting about her, and she’s so glamorous with her big bouncy hair, her chunky gold jewelry, and her flowing colorful clothes (of her own design, of course). I read on Twitter that she rolled up to FIT that morning in a green vintage Bentley. Now there’s an entrance! But there was not a hint of diva about her when we met—she’s so solicitous of people, asking them questions (“What did you do at Bloomingdale’s? How many children do you have?”), complimenting them. I think she gave me a lesson on what someone who is beautiful inside and out looks like.
A leopard print DVF wrap dress from 1974.
Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA is on view through April 17, 2012.
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