Book of the week: 'The Woman I Wanted To Be' by Diane Von Furstenberg
An intimate conversation with the fashion icon
Having started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be – in her own words, "The kind of woman who is independent and who doesn't rely on a man to pay her bills," Diane Von Furstenberg has since become that woman, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry – all the while raising a family and maintaining "my children are my greatest creation."
In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life, from her childhood days in Brussels to being a young, jet-setting princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolise independence and power for an entire generation of women all over the planet.
With remarkable honesty and wisdom, she explores the territory of what it means to be a woman, and opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, "I want every woman to know that she can be, the woman she wants to be."
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg is available online and at select stores now