On Thursday, Dec. 15, Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan interviewed Diane von Furstenberg about her career spanning more than four decades, the trends that are upending the fashion industry and how fashion bumps up against politics and culture. This is the first program in a new live interview series with Givhan, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, and fashion pioneers, cultural luminaries and industry leaders who are working at the intersection of design, art and business and are capturing who we are -- and what we want -- in this moment.
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On Thursday, Dec. 15, Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan interviewed Diane von Furstenberg about her career spanning more than four decades, the trends that are upending the fashion industry and how fashion bumps up against politics and culture.
  • Dec 16, 2016
Program Highlights
Speaking to the Washington Post on Thursday, Diane von Furstenberg, a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, weighed in on the fashion debate around whether designers should boycott styling Melania Trump. “Any first lady should be respected,” Furstenberg said. She also added that the First Lady “for sure” has a responsibility to represent the American fashion industry. “If you can, it makes sense,” she said.
  • Dec 16, 2016
Speaking to the Washington Post on Thursday, Diane von Furstenberg offered three pieces of advice to aspiring fashion designers. “Right now the world is changing so much, so don't try to do it the old-fashioned way,” she first advised. Second, “focus very much on one thing” and “don't look for money because you'll spend it before you've done anything.” Finally, she recommends, “get clothes from the person who manufacturers them, because the person who manufacturers them is the one who has the most incentive for you to succeed.”
  • Dec 16, 2016
Speaking to the Washington Post on Thursday, Diane von Furstenberg explained how her upbringing shaped her character and influenced her career. “Growing up, I didn't know what I wanted to be, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be,” she said. “My mother said 'fear is not an option.' She asked, 'What is there to fear?' And I did become fearless."
  • Dec 16, 2016
Speaker
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg entered the world of American fashion when she arrived from Europe with a suitcase full of jersey dresses she had designed. In 1974, she created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. DVF is now sold in over 55 countries, including 148 DVF owned and partnered stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2005, Diane received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for her impact on fashion, and one year later was elected the CFDA’s President.
Interviewer
Robin Givhan
Robin Givhan is the Washington Post fashion critic. She writes about fashion as a business, as a cultural institution and as pure pleasure. A 2006 Pulitzer winner for criticism, she is writing a book, “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History.” In addition to the Post, Robin has worked at Newsweek/Daily Beast, Vogue magazine and the Detroit Free Press. During her most recent tenure at the Post, in addition to fashion, Robin covered Michelle Obama during the first year of the administration.
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