Diane Von Furstenberg's 'Journey of A Dress' exhibition celebrating 40 years of the iconic wrap dress
#Wrap40 opens today
In a year that marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic DvF wrap dress, Diane's celebratory exhibition features a retrospective of vintage and contemporary DvF designs, chronicling the journey of a dress across four decades - from the first sample to a world-renowned symbol of power and freedom for entire generations of women. The exhibition also includes portraits of designer, muse, and collector Diane von Furstenberg by celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Francesco Clemente, Helmut Newton, and Annie Leibovitz, as well as new pieces from Dustin Yellin and other contemporary artists.
The iconic 'wrap dress' - which wraps in front and ties at the waist and was originally made in drip-dry, cotton jersey - became popular of the 1970s, when women started to enter the work place in fuller force "It's the dress that gave me my freedom, paid all my bills, gave me my fame and allowed me to be free," said the legendary Von Furstenberg.
"And it empowered millions of women," Diane continued. "When I heard it's studied in sociology classes, I realised this dress deserves to be honoured. I had never honoured it. I was grateful, but I took it for granted. Sometimes I even resented it, because I thought, 'I do other things!' But this year, when everyone was telling me to do something for the anniversary, I said 'OK. Now is the moment to honour it.' "
The Diane von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress exhibition is housed in the historic Wilshire May Company building next to the LACMA campus. The exhibition runs from January 11 - April 1, 2014. 10 am - 5 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11am - 8pm, Friday; 10 am - 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Further details online here.