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Design & Style

Diane’s Third Act

Diane von Furstenberg

Lesson time 02:39 min

In the final lesson, Diane shares her philosophy and encourages you to get started designing your brand—and your life.

Diane von Furstenberg
Teaches Building a Fashion Brand
In 17 video lessons, Diane von Furstenberg will teach you how to build and market your fashion brand.


I always thought that you could divide your life in three moments. The first is development, right? You develop yourself. You go to school, you learn. So development, I would say, go until 30, 35. As I grew older, I pushed that back. But development is one big moment of your life, right? Then you have the middle years, which is enjoyment, right? You enjoy the development. By the way, the enjoyment years may not be the ones you enjoy the most, but I will call it like that. And then after that, how can you call the last-- the third act? And I thought, that's the moment of fulfillment, right? Because I am on my last and third act, I want to devote myself to things that have been important to me. First of all, because of my success, I have a voice. So when you have a voice, it is very important to use your voice for people who have no voice, and also take the voices of others that you know and exchange those voices with your voices with the people with no voice and connect them. The second thing is what I am doing now-- mentoring, talking to young people, using my knowledge, using my know how, using my wisdom, and sharing it, hoping that someone can use some of it for themselves. When you get older, you realize that sharing is a privilege. Sharing is a gift, not just to the person that gets it, but to the person who gives it. I hope that you will use this class as an encouragement, as a true lesson. After having talked for hours and hours, what would I like you to remember? What would I like you to take away from this? I would like for you to go through this class, and when it's over, turn it off and say, yes, I will do it.

About the Instructor

In her 20s, Diane Von Furstenberg convinced a textile factory owner in Italy to let her produce her first designs. With those samples, she flew to New York City to build one of the world’s most iconic and enduring fashion brands. In her first online fashion design class, Diane teaches you how to build a brand. You’ll learn how to create a visual identity, build loyalty, stay true to your vision, and launch your product.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

she never fails to inspire. never. and this is why she stays an icon, because of her ability to touch people's hearts throughout her life- not just in one phase of her life.

Diane was beyond inspirational. She spoke truth about so many things. I am going to watch her entire course again!

Fantastic pedagogic capability of teacher. I got very important insights on how to create a portfolio. Best class taken yet!

It was good to know Diane,s story, thoughts on her career.. she shared also her mistakes. Also the assignments were very helpful to me, as they were very concrete. Thank you


Margaret H.

Wow! I love this lesson by Diane about Building a Fashion Brand. She is so open and honest. She is truly inspiring. She makes me want to share my ideas and designs with the world. Despite feeling so small and inexperienced. Thank you so much Diane!


ok all i knew about her was her wrap dress and now after watching this, i want to go and buy one ;) inspired.

Gudrun B.

I am left inspired, strengthened and full of admiration. Thank you Diane!!!

Ayanna F.

I wish I had a mentor in my teens that showed me how the phases in life worked. I would have enjoyed the learning and development stage more (I did enjoy it in many ways though) so that I didn't "rush" it. Thank you Diane. -Ayanna


I was glad to listen to her speak. I did learn a few things that will come in handy. I would suggest this class to anyone interested in fashion advice. It's a good guide. Not all the details I was hoping to get were mentioned, but the direction and advice she gave, does pave the way to gain good insight.

Marie G.

i loved it , even if it didnt go in the details of how to make fashion , it talks about the way a woman can lead her life I loved Diane von Furstenberg generosity , intelligence and kindness , I discovered a beautiful incredible woman , she is definitlly an inspiration that brought really great vibes !!!!!!!!!! and in this very particular moment, with the pandemic situation of the coronavirus , this is truely needed

Carolee R.

This was an amazing class!! I love how down to earth Diane was in each lesson and how clearly relatable she made the material. I am more motivated and so excited to get started with a webline. Thank you Diane absolutely amazing!!!


having my own brand and struggling to make it bigger , I loved the class and got so much from it . Yess Diane I will do it ! grateful to hear your experiences and having your mentorship. Loved every minute of it !

A fellow student

Literally the most humble and strongest person! I admire how she didn't wait to get things done, after getting the advise, she just did it there and then. That's a great thing to learn from her.

Gabriel C.

"Use your voice for people who have not voice."Wonderful woman! Thank you! By the way .... YES I will do it!