The Belgian Jewish daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, Diane von Furstenberg has been listed as one of Forbes magazine’s most influential people in the world.
Diane rose to prominence as a fashion designer in the 1970s with the creation of her eponymous couture brand. Her iconic ‘wrap’ dresses were so influential on women’s fashion that a sample of one now sits in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Today, the DVF label is an international powerhouse and Diane is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Furstenberg is a renowned philanthropist who has given millions to an array of causes. She also presents a $50,000 ‘DVF Award’ every year at the UN building to five women “who display leadership, strength and courage”.
Her connection to her Jewish roots was highlighted in 2014 when she stepped in to help restore the historic Jewish ghetto of Venice, the oldest in the world, with a donation of $12 million dollars.