Design & Style, Business

Student Session: Danny

Diane von Furstenberg

Lesson time 13:14 min

Diane talks to a rising designer about the roles of influences and muses.

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Topics include: Portfolio Review With Danny


So you graduated only a year ago. I graduated a year ago, right. OK. Well this is great, because I think that, to look at the work, this is your graduation work. Correct So that for me is the most important thing, because it's your first juice. Before you become corrupted, or influenced, by everybody else. Tell me, you call this collection, Argiope. Correct. What is Argiope? Argiope is the guardian silk spider. So it's the spider and it's spider web influenced my entire collection. OK. I didn't know that spiders made silk too. And, Dita Von Teese was your inspiration, your muse. Correct. Talk to me about your inspiration. I find it fascinating when, a female is so powerful, and that's what she embodies. She embodies, not only the feminine side of a female, but she embodies power. That to me is what inspires me and why she she's my muse. Throughout all my designs, when I get a pencil my hand and start sketching, that, to me, is what pops in my head. Yes, she is very powerful. She is. You are lucky, because you have a very defined muse, and a very defined style, right? Body is super important, right? Absolutely. And how you architecture the body is super important. So I assume if I asked you, who your favorite designers were, you would say Alaia. Absolutely. Right, who else? You. And, Chanel are definitely some of my favorite designers. Chanel, I love the decade era between the 40s and the 60s. I feel like that was an empowering-- So you like the waist? Correct. The waist is important. Well the waist is important for a wrap dress actually. Yes. Your designs are beautiful, and they're very, very, very precise. Thank you. This is beautiful. Was that a body suit? Correct. Body suit is important. Now, I understand that you're working for an underwear company. Correct. I'm working for a menswear brand, which is completely-- Different. --a complete shift from what I'm used to doing, but I am learning so much about the market, and the back work behind designing. What comes after you put your hand on a sketchbook, or after you create a tech pack. What's after that? And that's what I'm learning, and that's what I'm eager to learn. How old are you? I'm 22. Oh, how fun. I started when I was 22. This is very interesting. I'm here to help you, right? I'm here to try to give you advice, and push you, and hopefully after this encounter you will be encouraged to be the designer that you want to be. What is the designer that you want to be? I want to be the designer in which not only people look up to, but the designer that inspires people to do things. There have been people, in my life, that I definitely look up to. Like? Immediate people. My mother and my sisters. Sorry. That's, OK. That's, OK. They're important people in my life. They've helped...

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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.

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