Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Icon, Women's Rights Advocate and Philanthropist
Founder and chair of DVF, Diane von Furstenberg revolutionized fashion in 1972 with the launch of her iconic wrap dress—a dress that came to symbolize power and independence for generations of women. Since then, she has expanded her company into a global luxury lifestyle brand offering an extensive collection of ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, and home furnishings. In recognition of her impact on fashion, von Furstenberg received a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2005, and has served as CFDA’s president since 2006. Throughout her career, she has consistently worked to mentor emerging talent and empower women through philanthropy, including establishing the DVF Awards to provide grants to activists who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to their causes. She also sits on the board of Vital Voices, a nongovernmental organization supporting female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. Von Furstenberg relates the fascinating story of her extraordinary life in a recent memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be.