With her cloud of curls, well-defined cheekbones and a suitcase stuffed with jersey dresses, Diane von Furstenberg stormed the style scene in New York, attracting the flashbulbs during fashion’s liberating Seventies. The erstwhile princess of Germany’s famous House of Furstenberg turned to the business of fashion when taste became more than a trivial pastime. Her simple design — a dress that wrapped one side over the other to form a front closure — was interpreted as a symbol of women’s emancipation. By the mid-1970s, her empire was producing over 20,000 wrap dresses a week in classic monotones and languid prints. The form-embracing creation has survived the exhibitionist Eighties, the natty Nineties and the style-saturated 2000s, to remain a staple in the wardrobes of the fashion elite.
During her visit to India, the designer had a packed itinerary, including a visit to Kitsch, the style store that showcases DVF in Mumbai, a retreat in the palaces of Rajasthan and shopping stints with quaint quilt and chikankari artisans. In an e-mail interaction, the diva who also engages herself in many philanthropic pursuits, speaks about her iconic dress, the DVF design philosophy and India as an inspiration. Here’s a wrap-up!