One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg shares stories about becoming the woman she wanted to be.
Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be - in her words, "the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills." She has since become that woman and much more, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining "my children are my greatest creation."
In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life - from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, telling listeners, "I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be."
©2014 Diane von Furstenberg (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
What a great biography. Well organized and keeps you engaged and inspired. DVF has lived an amazing life and is aware of her impact. She is an inspiration to all women.
I prefer books read by the author, so that's a boon. However there wasn't a lot of valuable advice here. Business advice 3/10, interesting social/historical anecdotes 2/10, endless egotism and name dropping. There are literally minutes straight where she's just reading a list of people who attended this or that event. Seems to me Diane is a nice enough person who had a lot of luck; she can't even figure out the cause of her own success.
Lady. History nerd. Dog lover. Plant person.
So much insight into Diane Von Furstenberg's background, inspirations, and her brand. This was a beautifully honest self-portrait. Whether you're a fan of her designs, or have never heard of her - everyone can learn a lot from this extraordinary woman.
A truly inspiring woman and her candid, honest account of an incredibly glamorous life. Diane's strength and sense of self is most definitely what I'll take away from this book.
Wow what a sensational story, I cannot wait to listen to the entire recount again! Diane Von Furstenberg inspires with her perseverance and resilience and proves that with a vision and a strong work ethic, dreams can become a living reality!
DVF is a better narrator then many who do that for a living. This book is written and read from the heart... I have re-listened three times already as listening to Diane read is very soothing and motivating. Each run through I pick up new little bits that makes me feel as if I am hearing it for the first time. Her cool new show on Bravo, called House of DVF, is a wonderful story to follow along side her memoir.
I thought that this was going to be about the fashion empire she built. Instead, it's about the houses she bought and the men she slept with.
She could have written more about her business. Her deals, her triumphs. It sounds like she has nothing to do with DVF the company.
The first chapter when she talks about her childhood and her mother was very interesting and I felt swept up in that.
Every chapter after the first one.
If she starts to talk about industry and running a business after Chapter 4, please let me know, because I had to stop. I couldn't take another second of here extremely glamorous celebrity filled life. It just depressed me.
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