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NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Designer Diane von Furstenberg attends the DVF Awards at the United Nations on March 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who is best known for the iconic wrap dress she designed in the 1970s, said that her loyal fans and clientele are the ones keeping her young.
“The older I get, the younger my fan base is and that’s very flattering,” von Furstenberg said at the 92nd Street Y last night. “It’s better than Botox.”
Von Furstenberg is keeping busy with designing, but has also been working on a new retrospective happening in Beijing this April called “Journey of a Dress.”
“It’s a retrospective of my work in fashion, but it’s also art,” von Furstenberg said. “There are four vignettes with clothes, clothes, clothes. They are the four sides of the woman that I’ve been: one is American Dream, another is Studio 54, the third is Luxe, and the fourth one is Working Girl.”
She says she's in her “second career,” which started after her re-launch of DVF in the late '90s.
“The first time around I did everything by instinct,” von Furstenberg said. “Now I do everything by experience, but I know my instincts were right.”
Even though her line has expanded past fashion and into handbags and luggage, don’t expect her to branch into creating anything for men’s wardrobes any time soon.
“My mission in life is really to empower women," she said, "and to make us confident and sexy with clothes.”