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Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition

Recently I visited the Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition at the Wilshire May Company building, right next to the LACMA. The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of DVF’s iconic wrap dress.

The exhibit is so wonderfully and brilliantly designed, down to the very last detail. It is a true homage to the popular fashion designer, and is filled with photographs, artwork, and a huge selection of dresses! What more could a girl want?!

The entrance to the exhibit is lined with old photographs of celebrities, models, and DVF herself wearing the wrap dress.

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

The visual effect of the main room is astounding. It is completely filled to the brim with mannequins wearing her designs. There are so many dresses, I didn’t know where to look first!

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

The main (and largest) section is filled with mostly black and white designs, with a pop of color here and there.

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

This was one of my favorite dresses in the exhibit. I kept coming back to stare at it…

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

My only complaint about this exhibit is that it is difficult to see the dresses that are displayed a few rows back. The pink and orange dresses look beautiful! Unfortunately, you can’t get close to take a look.

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

To the left of the main stage is the animal print section. Who doesn’t love a good animal print?!

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

The outer walls of the room are lined with mirrors from floor to ceiling, so you can see the reflections of the dresses in the mirrors. These pictures don’t do it justice, but it is truly amazing in person.

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

To the right of the main stage are the dresses with crazy colors and patterns. So fun!

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

I want them all.

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

If you can manage to tear yourself away from the dresses, the next room has some wonderful artwork and old photographs of DVF. Look at these great Warhols!

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

She was (and still is!) so beautiful.

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Even the gift shop is fun! It wouldn’t be a proper DVF exhibit without wrap dresses for sale.

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Should we play a little game called spot the celebrity?

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress Exhibition - fashion - Wanderlust in the City

The exhibit is open until May 1, and if you love fashion it is an absolute must see. I plan to go back at least once more.

I think it’s only fitting to end this post with a few words from DVF herself: “Fashion is a mysterious energy, a visual moment – impossible to predict where it goes.”

~S

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3 replies »

  1. Fantastic post! Wouldn’t it be great to get locked in this room after hours and be able to try on whatever
    dress you’d like ????!!!!! Going there soon – thank you!

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