Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meeting DVF

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.

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue and 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: Noon-8PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Admission is free


hostess of the humble bungalow said...

You must be tickled pink!

Of course it's true, that you look beautiful. I agree.

BTW I have ordered a vintage rhinestone necklace after I saw your post on those Anna Wintour Georgian beauties...

You wear your with such panache.

Anonymous said...

OMG--I am so excited! For you! To hear this! She has always struck me as the epitome of class and optimism and go-get-'em-ness, and your experience cements that impression for me.

How "enabling" too--to hear this right now--I've been stalking her wrap dresses for days now. :)

Casee Marie said...

Oh my goodness! I'm over the moon. She is, without question, one of my biggest inspirations in the industry (and ever). Amazing that you got to meet her, and what she said just proves her to be the extraordinary woman she has always been in my head. She radiates goodness, strength and utter fabulosity - what's not to love? So glad you had the opportunity to encounter her, and while I missed the Daphne exhibit I must get to this one! I'm on a mission.

Also, hello, do I spy Oscar next to her in the first picture?! Amazing.

Anonymous said...

I would have been stunned speechless! You are beautiful--though hearing DVF say so would be an awesome experience. How can we get you that dress?

Paula said...

Hey, you two are now connected. Thank you for sharing this moment you two had, it makes me smile.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Well, you are beautiful and think of how many women she sees...what a special moment! I am seriously a journalist I always hope for these moments and I have to make them happen sometimes...but I think this was a moment just for you...with a confirmation you needed from a respected professional. How cool!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a wonderful experience!

I remember reading something on another blog about a year ago, by someone who met her, and they also remarked about what a kind and lovely person she is.

Adrienne Shubin said...

Such a fantastic story! Thank you for sharing it.

You are so very beautiful - she's right.

What a memorable experience - you'll never forget it. Every time I see Diane or a DVF dress, I will think of you.

xo, Adrienne

Linda said...

You have been beautiful since the day you were born...I should know, I was there!! What a fantastic meeting with DVF, I know it will be something you will remember always. So happy for you! Mom

Glimpse Creations said...

What a fabulous moment to have with DVF!! She must have seen that you are a beautiful person inside and out!

Veshoevius said...

What a wonderful story! That's a fashion memory to treasure!

Laura said...

What a great story! I love her wrap dresses. She is one of my favorites. I like her even more now.

Heather Lindstrom said...

Wowwwwwww Jill!! DVF is such an idol, icon and to hear she is this generous with other women is fantastic. What an enormous compliment she gave to you (she knows beauty) and she was so right on. I loved catching this story-even years later.
xx, Heather