Diane von Furstenberg's new memoir is called The Woman I Wanted To Be
, which is brilliant, because who wouldn't
want to be Diane von Furstenberg? She launched her own successful business when she was only in her 20s — and, in 1974, helped usher in women's lib and sexual freedom with her figure-clinging jersey wrap dress. Though she lost her business in her 30s, she launched a massive comeback in her 50s. And, she continues to innovate and inspire in her 60s — collaborating with Google Glass, heading the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and mentoring young fashion hopefuls in her new reality TV series on E!, House of DVF
. Even Kate Moss, according to von Furstenberg's book, once admitted to the designer, "I want to be you when I grow up." (Us too, Kate. Us, too.)
So, what makes von Furstenberg tick? We took a tour of her jaw-droppingly gorgeous personal workspace in New York's Meatpacking District and asked her about her beginnings, inspirations, career advice, and how she manages running one of the biggest independent fashion brands in the world. Get the story ahead, and see more of DVF and her office on House of DVF
, Sundays at 10 p.m. EST.
Photography by David Cortes