On Sunday, I went with a friend to Diane Von Furstenberg’s ‘Journey of a Dress’ exhibit at LACMA. The exhibit showcases the various iterations of Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress from the past 40 years, she created her first wrap dress in 1972. According to Vogue, Furstenberg “saw Julie Nixon Eisenhower on television wearing one of her wrap tops with one of her skirts – and decided to combine the two garments in to one”. The dress became hugely popular and a symbol of women’s liberation in the Seventies.
On designing the wrap dress:
Well, if you’re trying to slip out without waking a sleeping man, zips are a nightmare. Haven’t you ever tried to creep out of the room unnoticed the following morning? I’ve done that many times.
On her wrap dress in 1998:
I had a very down-to-earth product, my wrap dress, which was really a uniform. It was just a simple little cotton-jersey dress that everybody loved and everybody wore. That one dress sold about 3 or 4 million. I would see 20, 30 dresses walking down one block. All sorts of different women. It felt very good. Young and old, and fat and thin, and poor and rich.
On her wrap dress in 2008:
It’s more than just a dress; it’s a spirit. The wrap dress was an interesting cultural phenomenon, and one that has lasted 30 years. What is so special about it is that it’s actually a very traditional form of clothing. It’s like a toga, it’s like a kimono, without buttons, without a zipper. What made my wrap dresses different is that they were made out of jersey and they sculpted the body.
I had a few favorites versions:
Be sure to catch this free exhibit before it closes on May 7th.