Diane von Furstenberg is one of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her extraordinary story spans decades and countries, but through it all, she remained true to herself, and true to the kind of woman she wanted to be. In her intimate new memoir, THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE (October 28, 2014; Simon & Schuster), Diane shares the inspiring lessons she’s learned on the path to becoming a modern icon.
“Love is life is love,” she says, and this theme holds throughout THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE. “I don’t think there is anything more important—love of family, love of nature, love of travel, love of learning, love of life in every way.” This shines in every story she tells, from her adventures as a jet-set princess to an inside look into the highs and lows of her business, and intensely personal reflections on her most important relationships. Diane’s remarkable ability to reinvent herself and her business while staying true to her passion is a powerful lesson for any reader.
The book is divided into two sections, “The Woman I Am,” which details important elements of Diane’s life and personality, and “The Business of Fashion,” which chronicles her legendary career. In six unique chapters, Diane reflects on her Roots, Love, and Beauty as well as the three distinct phases of her professional life: The American Dream, which covers her success as a young European princess turned American fashion designer; The Comeback Kid, which details her relaunching her business and the iconic dress that started it all; and The New Era, in which she reflects on the modern world of DVF and creating a legacy that will live beyond her.
Forty years after the wrap dress changed the lives of newly independent American women, so much has changed. But for Diane, the most important things—love, life, and an endless curiosity about the world around us—have always been the same. Reading THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE is like having an intimate conversation with a modern day muse. Diane’s honest words about her journey will inspire us all to think about who we want to become and how to build to a moment when we can look back and reflect on a beautiful past.