Designer Dish. Three Cheers for DVF!

April 4, 2011 • Fashion


After almost four decades in the biz, Diane von Furstenberg has not let the superficiality of fashion get to her head. The legendary designer and president of the CFDA had scheduled a photo shoot with famed photographer Chuck Close for an exhibit on her in Beijing. Weeks later she was in a tragic skiing accident which left the 64 year old with a broken nose and minor facial fractures. “When the accident happened, I said, ‘Oh no, my cheekbones! They’re my best asset,’” she recently told Harper's Bazaar. “But you know, everybody thinks you’ve just been beaten up. I went to the ER and I said, ‘Ski accident,’ and they said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’”

Undeterred, she attended the photo shoot anyway and posed for a portrait that is now a part of the the "Diane Von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress" exhibit at the Pace Gallery in Beijing. Her courage and steadfast attitude more than makes up for whatever slight physical "imperfections" she may have had at the time. And besides, she really doesn't mind how she looks naturally which is even more admirable. “I’ve always liked wrinkles,” she says. “When I was a young girl, I used to make lines on my face with my nails because I loved Jeanne Moreau. I always wanted to be older; I always added years to my life. For the longest time, if people thought I was older I would take it as a compliment.” Even with minimal makeup and a broken nose, she still captures the true essence of beauty. And for that, we applaud her.

-Alia Rajput

Article and Photo Source Source: NY Mag, Harper's Bazaar

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