DVF by Porter T.Whiteside

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become,” said designer Diane von Furstenberg who has become one of the most influential and innovative women of our time. Explaining the extraordinary tale of her journey to success, the woman who invented the wrap dress finally reveals all in an intimate memoir, The Woman I Wanted To Be.

Fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg’s extraordinary story spans decades and countries, but through it all, she remained true to herself, and true to the kind of woman she wanted to be.

DVF by Peter Lindbergh

“I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life – and I became that woman,” Diane von Furstenberg once said. In her heartwarming memoir, Diane shares the inspiring lessons she’s learned on the path to becoming a modern icon.

“Love is life is love,” she says, and this theme holds throughout The Woman I Wanted To Be“I don’t think there is anything more important – love of family, love of nature, love of travel, love of learning, love of life in every way.”

DVF Archives Photograph Courtesy of Hans Dorsinville

The book is divided into two sections, The Woman I Am, which details important elements of Diane’s life and personality, and The Business of Fashion, which chronicles her legendary career. In six unique chapters, Diane reflects on her RootsLove, and Beauty as well as the three distinct phases of her professional life: The American Dream, which covers her success as a young European princess turned American fashion designer; The Comeback Kid, which details her relaunching her business and the iconic dress that started it all; and The New Era, in which she reflects on the modern world of DVF and creating a legacy that will live beyond her. 

Reading The Woman I Wanted To Be is like having an intimate conversation with a modern day muse. Diane’s honest words about her journey will inspire us all to think about who we want to become and how to build to a moment when we can look back and reflect on a beautiful past.

DVF is available in the UAE at The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Diane von Furstenberg’s book The Woman I Wanted To Be is available at the DVF boutique now.

DVF-The Woman I Wanted to Be - book cover