Spanning more than 40 years, Diane von Fürstenberg’s career has revolutionised the face of women in fashion. A former princess, she translated her elegant lifestyle into her iconic wrap dress. In our January issue we zoom in on her career and her drive to make every woman look and feel beautiful. Grab your notebook and take down her pearls of career wisdom.

 

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 ‘I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become.’

 ‘Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.’

 ‘The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself. And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life.’

‘I don’t like to talk about my dreams. I like to make them happen. I prefer to talk about them when they’re done.’

‘What’s important to me is to share, and be inspired, and inspiring.’

‘All women are the same, really: They are strong, but they are afraid of their own strength.’

 ‘You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.’

‘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.’

‘When you feel humiliated or things like that, you either use it as fuel to change or you get covered by it.’

 

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Get our January issue for the life story of The Dress Doyenne.