Join us at TheMerode for an exclusive conversation with Diane, over video conference from New York, about her professional journey, her work-life philosophy, and her unique business insights from fashion and beyond. A nourishing conversation about brand cultivation, powerful woman leadership and mentoring others.

Diane von Furstenberg is the founder and chairwoman of the company that bears her name. In 1974, she designed the iconic dress that would forever be remembered as a symbol of power and independence for women around the world. The Belgium-born designer has since built a global luxury brand which has, along with her philanthropic efforts, crowned her not just one of the world’s most respected leaders in fashion community but a social activist.

Growing up in Belgium, Diane may have not known exactly what she wanted to do but she knew the woman she wanted to be: a woman in charge. After establishing herself as such, DvF was inspired to create an ‘InCharge manifesto’ encouraging the practices in her own daily life to inspire other women to connect, expand, and advocate for one another. It is both a movement and a platform to use our connections to help all women be the women they want to be.

Own It: In Charge with Diane Von Furstenberg

One of the most successful womenswear brands in history, DvF is sold in stores in over 70 countries. With her corporate headquarters in New York’s Meatpacking District, von Furstenberg has long been a vocal member of the community and was the largest financial contributor in the campaign to save the historic High Line railway and to develop The High Line into what it is today.

In 2014, she published a memoir, The Woman I Wanted To Be, which has been translated into six languages. In 2012, DvF was named one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes and 2 years later, was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People.

Launched in March 2021, her recent book,Own It, is a guide that you can come back to time and again for immediate inspiration from the heart and soul of the trailblazing business leader and creative genius she is.



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