Diane von Furstenberg first entered the fashion world in 1970 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses. In 1974, she created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. By 1976, over a million had sold. After a hiatus, Ms. von Furstenberg re-launched the iconic dress in 1997, reestablishing her company as a global luxury lifestyle brand. In 2005, Ms. von Furstenberg received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She was elected the organization’s president the following year. Ms. von Furstenberg also serves on the board of Culture Shed, a new center for artistic innovation. In 2014, she published a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, and, in 2015, Ms. von Furstenberg was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
“Treating humans as inventory is the most horrible thing I can think of.”