Diane von Furstenberg took inspiration from the Statue of Liberty when designing her iconic wrap dress.
The 72-year-old explores the history of the statue, which stands tall in New York Harbour, in upcoming HBO documentary Liberty: Mother of Exiles, and discusses her connection to the monument.
During the film, Diane confessed that Lady Liberty’s toga influenced her classic dress, which she debuted in 1974.
“You see the fabric and follow the movement of the draping of the dress,” she gushed. “It was built in Paris in 1884. I love her and she’s part of me and my family forever.”
In the documentary, co-directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the godmother of fashion sets out to discover how sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s creation ended up as a welcoming beacon in New York, and explores what she means to people around the world.
And Bailey revealed to WWD that the designer initially refused to be on camera, despite spearheading the project herself.
“Diane said, ‘I’m not going to be in the film,'” Fenton recalled. “She’s a princess. You’d imagine someone like that would have a lot of airs. She is what you see is what you get.”
A disgruntled Diane added: “I didn’t know any of this was going to be in the movie. It was a little too natural. I didn’t have any make-up.”
In addition, the fashion legend, who attended the Met Gala in May dressed as the Statue of Liberty, shared that makes an effort to take friends and family to see the monument.
“Last week, I took Madame Macron (First Lady of France) to see her. Every time I go, I get moved and take hundreds of pictures of her,” she smiled.
Liberty: Mother of Exiles will premiere on HBO on 17 October.
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