A Tribute To A Design Diva

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Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, Downtown Los Angeles.

Dress- Diane Von Furstenberg from 2013

Hat- 1970s, thrifted locally.

Shoes- Prada, bought second hand at Crossroads, a resale shop,

Purse- Louis Vuitton ‘Alma’ in Red Épi leather, bought at local consignment shop.

Today’s post is a homage to one of my favorite designers of the 1970s and of today. Diane Von Furstenberg, a woman who built a multi million dollar empire on one thing: the wrap dress. My outfit features a silk knit mini dress, another style popular in 1970 when Von Furstenberg founded her company. The dress alas modern ( a real vintage DVF is on my wishlist) in a black and white chain print, a print she has used since in her brands inception. My outfit also quietly pays homage to another designer, Coco Chanel. According to legend, it was Coco Chanel who had a hand in the creation of the ‘Alma’ bag in the 1930s. Unfortunately this is just a folklore that is going around and not mentioned in Alma’s offical biography on the Louis Vuitton site. It does confirm however that the modern ‘Alma’ was first made in 1934 and evolved to its current state through out the 20th century.

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A lot of terrible fashion trends came out of the 1970s, but a lot of good ones came out as well, especially in the world of high fashion.  One designer who got an (amazing) start in the 1970s was Diane Von Furstenburg.  DVF (as her name is commonly abreviated to) got her start with one piece of clothing, the wrap dress. This piece was as comfortable as it was versatile.  It worked on a variety of woman’s body shapes. DVF’s wrap dress is still a main stay of the company, in fact there are DVF stores that just stock the dress in different patterns and nothing else.

The other thing that I love about DVF is the great patterns used in her fashion line. Some of the patterns have been around since the 1970s and are still as popular as they were in the 1970s. One of the most famous patterns being the chain print which I am wearing in my photo and which DVF is wearing below. My dress is unfortunately not vintage, its the Reina dress. I purchsed it about four years ago. It was pricey, but it has become a staple in my closet. It is a soft, flattering and comfortable silk knit.  If you have a few hundred dollars to spend on a dress (or can find one on Ebay for signifcantly less) I believe DVF is worth the investment, whether you buy vintage or modern.

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As I have said before, my blog covers everything from 1910 and on. This includes some modern fashion that gives a nod to earlier decades. Some people who wear vintage shun the decades after 1950 or 1960, but as a lover of fashion, the posts 1960s decades are just as important to fashion history as the earlier decades. I also choose to include the later decades in my blog because for many people this is what they have access to. Fashions from the 1950s and earlier are can be very costly. Some people, particualy young people might just have access to what they can find at thrift shops and in their mother and grandmother’s cloest.

I say this from personal experience. My love for vintage was weaned on clothing from thw 1960s and 1970s.  At 14 when I first started wearing vintage the 1970s was readily accessible at local thrift and vintage shops, so its what I wore and I still wear it today.


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