Diane Von Furstenberg  Designer and Founder DvF

Diane Von Furstenberg
Designer and Founder DvF

ON BUILDING CONFIDENCE

I didn’t know what I wanted to do. But the only thing I knew is that I wanted to be in charge of my life. I wanted to be a woman who did not need anyone, who could pay for her bills. That woman who wasn’t waiting for the Prince Charming. I did not know what I wanted, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be. For me I was able to be the woman I wanted to be so my goal is to tell all women that they can be the woman they want to be. Through my clothes and through my fashion company. But I want to be able to do that without women having to pay anything. Because the strength and the confidence is within herself.

The chances are when you begin your life, you don’t know what you want to do. I certainly didn’t know. Then you have doors to meet people and they are doors that come in front of you. I want to remind people that it is not always the most glamorous door that will be your door. I certainly had no idea that working for a man in a factory in Italy was going to be my door. Yet I owe that man everything.

What makes me the saddest is how insecure women are and they really don’t have to be. That’s why I love mentoring, speaking to women and dressing women because I want to push their button of strength. Because I have never met a woman who is not strong. They don’t exist. Very often because of a father, a brother or a religion but mostly themselves. They don’t want to show their strength. Or we want a man to feel strong, then you forget it and you lose your strength. Then there is a tragedy and it is always the woman who saves it. It is always a woman’s strength that comes up. So my advice is don’t be afraid to show your strength and don’t wait for a tragedy to do that.

I have had fears but I have had many failures... you just have to accept these and not be delusional. The most important thing is that whatever you have to deal with, just deal with it. Don't be delusional and pretend it is not there.

All of us are inspiring. It is very important to be able to talk to one another and get inspired by one another. To inspire confidence is the best gift you can give anybody. This has become my flag. To give women confidence is what I would like to be remembered for.