- Saks Fifth Avenue, 20th century, American, retailer
- Diane von Furstenberg, b. 1946, Belgian and American, designer
- Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF), 1972-present, American, design house
- Manifattura Tessile Ferretti, Italian, textile manufacturer
Cotton and rayon jersey
Center back length: 109.2 cm (43 inches)
Gift from the Diane von Furstenberg Archives
According to von Furstenberg, her now iconic wrap dress was born out of her desire to combine the figure-flattering qualities of her evening attire—worn to places like New York nightclub Studio 54—with the sophistication and modesty of the day dresses she wore to pick up her children at school. The fine gauge of knit produced by the Ferretti firm afforded the perfect textile for the DVF wrap, providing exceptional drape. It “fit a woman’s body like no other dress: snug around the chest and arms, tied flatteringly slim around the waist, full enough over the legs for a woman to take an unrestricted stride.”
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