The couple had 2 children, Prince Alexander (born six months after their wedding) and Princess Tatiana, who were born in New York City.
In 1970, with a $30,000 investment, she began designing women’s clothes. “The minute I knew I was about to be Egon’s wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts.”
She designed a still-iconic dress in 1974.
After her divorce, Diane had flings with Richard Gere and Warren Beatty, and made a joke of asking Rolling Stone editor Jenn Werner to guess how many of his cover stars she’d seduced.
She had sex like a man: ‘But only in the Seventies. Look. It was fun. We were a generation that was young between the pill and Aids, and… well, you know. Men were… necessary. I like them. I’ve stopped flirting now, but yes, I was a good flirt. A good seductress. A hunter.‘
But she enjoyed sex. Sex was an integral part of her life (‘though I don’t like this word “sex”, I prefer “sensuality“); it was sex that crucially inspired the wrap, a dress purpose-designed to facilitate illicit liaisons. They’re easy to put on, and easy to take off, and they’ve got no zips so they’re noiseless in transition: ‘They’re comfortable,’ said Von Furstenberg at the time of the first generation launch, ‘and if you’re comfortable, you act comfortable, and then you get laid.’
And among her friends were Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berger and Bianca Jagger.
Her 1980s sexy office was designed by the Switzer Group. She requested a mixture of transatlantic ocean liner and Esther Williams movies.
‘What’s important to me is to share, and being inspired, and inspiring.’
It’s this that makes her residually youthful, although she says she knows people look at her ‘and wonder why I haven’t done anything to my face‘.