Diane von Furstenberg
is a Belgian-American fashion designer best known for her wrap dress. Diane Simone Michelle Halfin was born in Brussels, Belgium. At university, when she was 18, she met Prince Egon of Fürstenberg, the elder son of a German prince and his first wife, an heiress to the Fiat automotive fortune. Married in 1969, the couple had two children. In 2001, she married American media mogul Barry Diller, with whom she had been involved, off and on, since the 1970s. In 2002, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Professionally and personally, she uses von with her surname instead of the usual zu used by the House of Fürstenberg (the latter term is rarely encountered outside of Europe). As her advertising campaigns and company letterhead indicate, she also prefers to spell her surname with no umlaut. Earlier in her career however, until the late 1990s, her company's labels included either an umlaut or a squiggle in its place.
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"My life is very much the fabric of the encounters that I've had and the respect that I have for the people I've known, including the women who wear my clothes," says Diane von Furstenberg.
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