Divorce Inspired the DVF Wrap Dress

The designer reveals why she designed the classic dress

Divorce Inspired the DVF Wrap Dress

Photo Courtesy of

DVF Designer Diane von Furstenberg has revealed the inspiration behind her now-classic wrap dress. While love seems to be a muse for a lot of people, it was actually the end of her marriage to Prince von Furstenberg and her desire for independence that influenced her timeless creation.

In 1974, after New York Magazine ran the cover story “The Couple That Has Everything. Is Everything Enough?”, about DVF and her then-husband, the designer was overcome with new realizations. She wanted to veer away from the socialite life and produce something that represented the strength of women. Von Furstenberg did just that, selling over 25,000 dresses a week after separating from her husband, and producing her signature wrap dress that would not just be spotted on women in the ’70s, but is still a wardrobe staple today. With all of her success and her role as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, it’s no wonder she was ranked as one of the most powerful women from around the world in this year’s annual list by Forbes Magazine.

Click here to see some of the looks from Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring 2013 Collection.