‘Speaking of Fashion: A Conversation with Diane von Furstenberg’ – The Source

Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg will discuss her life and work during a free talk on Wednesday, October 12 at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Talking Fashion: A Conversation with Diane von Furstenberg” is organized by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, in partnership with Caleres and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at WashU. The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the university’s Graham Chapel. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

von Furstenberg (Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Fashion Fund)

The conversation is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. For more information, visit www.saintlouisfashionfund.org.

“Diane von Furstenberg is quite simply a legend,” said Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, associate professor and head of the fashion design program. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for fashion design students as well as fashion enthusiasts in St. Louis to hear firsthand about her extraordinary career, her experiences as a woman entrepreneur and the brand she continues. to leave on the art of fashion. We are thrilled to welcome her to campus.

In addition to the talk, fashion industry personality Derek Blasberg, New York Times bestselling author and St. Louis native, will host a Q&A with the audience. Model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss is also a special guest. Additionally, von Furstenberg will receive the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Award, which is given to individuals who have made a major contribution to fashion. Past recipients include Kloss as well as Iris Apfel, Dapper Dan and the late Andre Leon Talley.

“Diane’s visit to St. Louis promises to provide a unique experience for the region’s fashion and design community,” said Susan Sherman, co-founder and interim CEO of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, the Belgian-born designer began creating her line in the early 1970s, starting with her famous “wrap dress”. Her extensive philanthropic efforts include the DVF Awards, which recognize and support extraordinary women who are dedicated to transforming the lives of other women.

In conjunction with von Furstenberg’s lecture, the Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., will host an exhibit from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 12. For more information, visit www.saintlouisfashionfund.org.

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