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Fashion tips with Haili Z: Diane von Furstenberg celebrates 40 years of the wrap dress

May 8, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.

A celebration of 40 years of the wrap dress.

By Haili Z

For decades, Diane von Furstenberg has been dressing women in the utmost feminine apparel.

The designer invented the wrap dress, and everyone from fans to royalty has sported the look.

The "Journey of a Dress" exhibit opened in January and wrapped up May 1 at the Wilshire May Co. Building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The exhibit covered decades of dresses in celebration of 40 years of the wrap dress.

"Once upon a time, there was a princess with an idea. The idea was a dress. Not a taffeta ball gown, like the ones fairy-tale heroines wear - this was a drip-dry, cotton jersey dress that wrapped in front and tied at the waist. The princess devised cunning prints in vivid colors and arranged for the dress to be manufactured and sold. In no time, women all across the land were buying the dresses - 5 million of them - and wearing them." - from the Diane von Furstenberg "Journey of a Dress" exhibit.

The exhibit included an art salon, photography and an exhibition complete with beautiful dresses from the past 40 years. The dresses were breathtaking, and artwork from Andy Warhol was featured in the exhibit. A memorable letter from Vogue's Diana Vreeland on April 9, 1970, read "I think your clothes are absolutely smashing."

Celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Olsen, Rachel Zoe, Demi Moore and Anna Wintour were just a few of the many celebrities to catch the Diane von Furstenberg exhibit.

"Feel like a woman, wear a dress!" - Diane von Furstenberg

Haili Pue is the president of All Ze Details. Visit her website at allzedetails.com.

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