In a year that marks the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, the exhibition 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 are also on display.
WHERE: Wilshire May Company Building- Los Angeles, CA
The exhibition includes portraits of designer, muse, and collector Diane 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.
For the conception and design of the exhibition, DVF worked closely with Exhibition Designer, Bill Katz, Production Designer, Stefan Beckman, and Fashion Curator, Michael Herz.
"I was 26 when I created the wrap dress," says Diane von Furstenberg, "I had no idea it would become such a phenomenon. I am excited and thrilled to have chosen Los Angeles to celebrate the four decades of The Journey of a Dress."
The exhibition is housed in the historic Wilshire May Company Building, the former home of the famous May Co department store and the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
WHO: Host Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Alexander von Furstenberg and Ali Kay, Tatiana von Furstenberg, Alexandra von Furstenberg and Dax Miller, Iggy Azalea, Bob and Carol Bayer Sager, Garcelle Beauvais, Jeff Bezos, Matt Bomer, Hannah Bronfman, Nina Clemente, Andy Cohen, Steve Coogan,Anderson Cooper, Dori Cooperman, Gia Coppola, Abbie Cornish, Rosario Dawson, Amanda de Cadenet, Julie Delpy, Langley Fox Hemmingway, David Geffen, Jacqui Getty, Elizabeth Gilpin, Michael Govan and Katherine Ross, Francesca Gregorini, Kathy Hilton, Paris Hilton, Kevin Huvane, Jessica Joffe, Michael Joffe, Joe Jonas, Natalie Joos, Monique Lhuillier, Christian Louboutin, Lori Loughlin, Bryan Lourd, Crystal Lourd, Laura Love, Natalie Love, Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Meyer, Rooney Mara, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe, Yuri Milner, Moby, Demi Moore, Kate Nash, Edward Norton, Ahna O'Reilly, Ashley Olsen, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Robin Wright and Dylan Penn, Whitney Port, Josh Radner, Alexandra Richards, Coco Rocha, Louise Roe, Tracy Ellis Ross, Rachel Roy, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Molly Sims, Alana Stewart, Andre Leon Talley, Bella Thorne, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei, Erin Wasson, Raquel Welch, Allison Williams, Anna Wintour, Yi Zhou, Dasha Zhukova, Rachel Zoe and more.