Diane Von Furstenberg’s Feminist Exhibit Celebrates Legendary Women
When Diane Von Furstenberg isn’t designing for her hugely successful fashion house, she’s a pioneering philanthropist. Since the launch of her line in 1972, DVF has focused on empowering women through fashion and philanthropy. In honour of International Women’s Day this year, the Belgian born fashion titan teamed up with New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore to collaborate on a curated art collection celebrating extraordinary women.
Exhibited inside the walls of her flagship store in Manhattan, New York are 37-large scale portraits of some of the world’s most inspiring and influential women, including Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama—some of who are painted wearing von Furstenberg’s most iconic prints and designs.
Upon meeting each other in London in December last year, von Furstenberg and Longshore felt that a collaboration of this calibre would be "seamless."
“When I first met Ashley, I was impressed by her force of life and vibrant talent. I am excited that we joined together to celebrate International Women’s Month by showcasing extraordinary women in history. I provided Ashley a list of women who have inspired me through their energy and achievements and she has done an amazing job creating their portraits.”
“I chose iconic women who have left significant impacts on the world of science, literature, entertainment and philanthropy. They are truly are women in charge, both past and present."
Whilst the pieces feature Longshore’s vivid, colourful flair, she intentionally avoided her characteristic use of glitter to focus on the patterns of each woman's clothing. This approach aimed to connect with von Furstenberg's fashion designs as well as convey the spirit of women coming together. Longshore said:“It’s really been such a great journey for me to create all those pieces knowing I wasn’t adding glitter or shine. They’re just so magnificent together. The colors are so powerful. You can imagine how inspired I feel standing back and looking at all these incredible faces of these extremely accomplished women.”
The experiential art exhibit made its debut on International Women's Day and will run through up until May 2019. The artwork is available for purchase, with pieces ranging from 222,000 baht to 1.5m baht depending on size.