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Diane von Furstenberg: Thanks to My Wrap Dress 'I Became an American Dream'

02/03/2014 at 08:00 PM ET

Just as awards shows start to wind down (well, until the Oscars anyway) we shift right into fashion week mode. And what better way to celebrate the upcoming shows, which begin Thursday, than by catching up with one of the most lauded designers in the industry — and CFDA president — Diane von Furstenberg?

Furstenberg just celebrated the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress last month, and she sits down with editor André Leon Talley in a exclusive interview for the Zappos Couture, for which Talley is artistic director. (Check out his ZeeCee editorial section here.)

“It’s a very special moment,” she shares in the above clip. “It’s the anniversary of that dress and I’m paying honor to that dress. Thanks to that dress I became independent. I became famous. I became an American dream.”

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When the designer originally debuted her dress, most people were not sure how to react, until legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland took a look at it. “She said ‘This is genius. This is great. We’ll help you,'” von Furstenberg says. “She gave me the encouragement.”

And even at this stage in her career, the designer says she feels more invigorated than ever. “I get inspired by two things: Nature is always a source of inspiration, the colors and the texture,” she explains. “But women … I get inspired by young girls. I love to talk to young girls and they inspire me, and I know I inspire them.”

Check out Talley’s whole feature on Von Furstenberg on Zappos Couture Wednesday, and tell us: Are you a fan of her clothing? Do you own a wrap dress? Share your thoughts below!

–Brittany Talarico

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