This past Sunday instead of celebrating the three-day weekend with an impromptu trip to Las Vegas or Palm Springs, I decided to visit the Diane von Furstenberg exhibit at LACMA and hitch a ride on the “journey of a dress.” The exhibit has been open a little over a week now and I can honestly say that I will be returning a few times before it ends.
Aside from being a retrospect of Diane’s infamous “wrap dress,” the exhibit also showcases a carefully curated selection of art work commissioned in her honor—there are pieces from all the greats: Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, the list goes on! Visitors must also make their way through a bright pink hallway that serves as a visual archive of some of the label’s most noticeable press throughout the years, illustrating how DVF has been a definitive voice in the fashion realm since its inception in the early 1970s. Atop these pink walls is a neon rendering of Diane’s iconic quote in her own handwriting: “Feel like a woman, wear a dress!”
The best is saved for last! After perusing through the hallway and galleries of DVF’s history, the exhibit culminates to a grand room displaying a myriad of wrap dresses in different combinations of colors, prints, fabrics, and cuts. If you’ve thought about an idea for a wrap dress chances are it’s already on display in this room and came to life in the great mind of Diane von Furstenberg. Another special thing about this exhibit is that to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the DVF wrap dress, Diane decided to design several ‘Anniversary’ pieces to commemorate the milestone for her label with said pieces being offered for sale at her free standing boutiques.
Check out the pictures below to browse through my favorite highlights of the DVF exhibit. If you’re in LA make sure to go before it closes…it’s FREE ninety-nine so absolutely no excuses!