Diane von Furstenberg is featured in both a new exhibit in Beijing and this month’s Harper’s Bazaar. What does the fashion icon have to say about aging?
A new exhibit at the Pace Gallery in Beijing — Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress – chronicles von Furstenberg’s evolution over the last four decades, featuring portraits of her by iconic artists as Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, and Helmut Newton along with newly commissioned pieces by Chinese artists Zhang Huan, Li Songsong, Yi Zhou and Hai Bo.
She’s also featured in a new intimate interview conducted by iconic photographer Chuck Close.
“The show is called Journey of a Dress because it turns out I have one dress [the wrap dress] that has lived for almost 40 years, and that’s pretty amazing,” von Furstenberg said. “So it’s four decades of my work, my life, and the people who photographed me and painted me and this and that. You see the decades, and you understand that they happened in a world that was so entirely different than China, so that’s why it’s interesting.”
Close manages to get von Furstenberg to dish on plastic surgery and aging in an industry so focused on looks.
“I’ve always liked wrinkles,” she said of her adversion to plastic surgery. “When I was a young girl, I used to make lines on my face with my nails because I loved Jeanne Moreau. I always wanted to be older; I always added years to my life. For the longest time, if people thought I was older I would take it as a compliment.”
Close agreed with her views.
“For me, imperfections and wrinkles give you character. They’re the road map of your life. If you’ve laughed your whole life, you have laugh lines. If you’ve frowned your whole life, you have furrows on your brow,” he said. “All the stuff that people want to hide is exactly what needs to be there for a portrait, as far as I’m concerned. I love the stuff that people hate, all stuff that people airbrush out or Photoshop out.”
We love that von Furstenberg isn’t afraid to let her wrinkles show – and she’s walking the walk with that up-close-and-personal photo.
Image: Chuck Close, courtesy The Pace Gallery