Diane von Furstenberg: I was a has been

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg felt like a ‘has been’ until she saw people wearing old versions of her famed wrap dress.

The legendary fashion designer sold her company that made her iconic wrap dress in the late 1970s.The 65-year-old was inspired to re-launch her fashion label Diane von Furstenberg (DvF) in 1997 after witnessing the trend for vintage clothing take off in New York.

‘[I began to notice the young women] wearing the old dresses. The vintage. You see, I was feeling so much of a ‘has been’ and then, all of a sudden, I saw that the very hip girls — the actresses and the models — were buying the old dresses in vintage shops,’ Diane explained to CNN’s Fashion: Backstage Pass TV show. ‘So that gave me courage.’

The eccentric designer still has a knack for spotting a trend. During the current Spring/Summer 13 New York Fashion Week Diane was responsible for designing one of the most cutting edge and popular accessories worn by models and stars at the shows. The Glass by Google-enhanced-reality eyewear is a collaboration between the veteran clothes designer and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.’He had never been to a show,’ Diane explained to WWD. ‘So I told him, you have to come to mine. And a week later, he called me and said, ‘What if you did something at the show?’’ – MSN