- Andy Warhol. Diane von Furstenberg (White, Red, Blue, Orange, Light Blue), 1984
Written by ArtBlitzLA Contributor, Mariél Frechette, Photography by Monica Steinberg
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” – Diane von Furstenberg
The Journey of a Dress exhibition, in its last month at the Wilshire May Company building, is a vibrantly pulsing testament to Diane von Furstenberg’s incredible influence on fashion, art, and women’s lives around the world.
Born in post-WWII Begium, Diane’s strength, talent and magnetic energy landed her in 1970s NYC where, between nights at Studio 54 and evenings posing for Andy Warhol, the now-infamous wrap dress was born. This simple, classy and travel-ready piece of clothing became an instant staple for independent and adventurous women. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the 200 wrap dresses on display at LACMA West prove this item has stood the test of time.
The exhibit also includes an art salon featuring 60 works Diane von Furstenberg has acquired over her career from many prominent artist friends. These pieces range from brightly-colored Warhol portraits capturing her as a 27 year-old New York socialite, to bold Chuck Close photographs of her at 63. Works by contemporary Chinese artists Li SongSong, Zhang Huan and Yi Zhou, commissioned for her 2011 show at PACE Beijing are also on display. Whether through the incense ash portrait by Zhang Huan or the Dustin Yellin sculpture made from DvF archives, the incredible energy and longevity of Diane’s career is the recurring theme.
Though she may not have known exactly what she wanted to do, over 39,000 people (to date) have come to see, re-live, and relish in the fantastic woman Diane von Furstenberg has become.
- Dustin Yellin. A Ghost May Come, 2013
- Chuck Close. Diane, 201
- Li Songsong, Diane, 2011
- detail, Li Songsong, Diane, 2011
- Robert Longo, Untitled, circa 1985
- Zhang Huan, Diane, Ash painting, 2011