Wrap dress designer Dianne Von Furstenberg now 67, alongside her famous friends celebrated the opening Friday of "Journey of a Dress," which is an exhibit held to honour the timeless style she introduced in the early 1970s: A flattering, easy-to-wear dress that fastens with a simple tie at the waist.
"This is the first time that I ever honored the wrap dress, and she did so much for me," said an ebullient Von Furstenberg, wearing a black wrap dress with floor-skimming yellow kimono sleeves. "She made me famous. She paid for all my bills. And tonight we celebrate the wrap dress."
The exhibit at the Wilshire May Company Building, on view until April 1, features the designer's favorite dresses from throughout the decades. Scores of mannequins stand in neat rows, their narrow waists all belted, each in different versions of the wrap dress. A stunning mass stands in the center of the vacant department store, all wearing black and white.
Von Furstenberg is also known for patterns and color palettes, which splash across the exhibit space and serve as themes for the collections. A group of mannequins dressed in blues, browns and oranges stand atop a blue snakeskin-patterned floor, beside yellow geometric walls.
Famous faces who have been spotted in the iconic wrap dress include Rene Russo, Jerry Hall, Iman, Cybill Shepherd, Michelle Obama, Madonna, Amy Adams amongst others.
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