Diane von Fürstenberg is an honorary citizen of Brussels
Brussels has appointed Diane von Fürstenberg as an honorary citizen of the city. The Belgian-American fashion designer has helped put the European capital city on the map through her world-famous clothing designs. The city would like to express its thanks for this.
Diane von Fürstenberg is a successful 71-year-old fashion designer. She founded the eponymous Diane von Fürstenberg fashion house, or DVF for short. Born and raised in Brussels, von Fürstenberg began designing in 1970s New York with her world-famous wrap dress, or ‘robe portefeuille’. This is a simple yet elegant dress that any woman can wear, which explains its enormous success. The dress symbolised the liberation of women in the 70s, of which von Fürstenberg was seen as an icon.
She has been actively involved in charity work since the new millennium with her own foundation: ‘The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation’. She uses this to support various non-profit organisations such as the Human Rights Foundation and the City Meals-on-Wheels.
These efforts were richly rewarded; von Fürstenberg received the ‘lifetime achievement award’ from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, of which she later became chair. She personally launched the DVF Awards for women who have inspired other women thanks to their leadership and independence. On 30 March 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp. This was for her outstanding achievements in the fields of fashion and entrepreneurship, along with an intense commitment to women's rights and human rights in general.
In 2011, she designed ‘Diane’ - a new clothing line to reflect the whole DVF collection: colourful and easy to wear. In 2012, she worked with Gap Kids to create a children's collection.
The Diane von Furstenberg collection is widespread across 55 countries and is worn by countless famous people, such as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama.