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Diane von Furstenberg Takes a Bow

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Diane von Furstenberg's "Journey of a Dress" exhibition in Los Angeles.

Many life lessons are learned when you spend decades as a power player in the fashion universe. Among them is knowing how to throw a great party. And so, with the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, the iconic garment that has graced many a style setter from New York to New Delhi, Diane von Furstenberg took the opportunity to celebrate with a bang.

In grand style, von Furstenberg has organized an exhibition in Los Angeles, “Journey of a Dress,” which kicked off on January 10 with a blowout celebration—complete with red carpet reception where Coco Rocha and Andy Cohen reported live on dvf.com. Von Furstenberg worked with exhibition designer Bill Katz, production designer Stefan Beckman and fashion curator Michael Herz on the conception and design of the exhibition.

The exhibition, housed in the historic Wilshire May Company Building, focuses on a retrospective of vintage and contemporary DVF wraps, with a timeline chronicling the journey of the iconic dress—from the first sample to a world-renowned symbol of power and freedom for entire generations of women. Limited Edition anniversary dresses created for the exhibition will also be on display.

The exhibition also includes portraits of von Furstenberg by celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger, Chuck Close, Francesco Clemente, Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz. The work of Anh Duong, Zhang Huan and Li Songsong is also featured, as well as that of other contemporary artists.

In A Ghost May Come—a stunning new piece from Dustin Yellin—the likeness of a wrap dress is suspended in glass, while colorful illustrations from Antonio, Ruben Toledo and Konstantin Kakanias strike a more playful tone. The exhibition also includes stills from the wrap dress’ big screen cameos, from Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver to Amy Adams in American Hustle.

In addition to the exhibition, the 40th anniversary celebration includes a limited edition collection created in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation, available exclusively at DVF.com and in DVF shops, including Bal Harbour.

“Journey of a Dress” runs through April 2014.

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