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Diane von Fustenberg Birth Name: Diane Simone Michelle Halfin
Birth: December 31, 1946

Biography and Career:

Diane von Fustenberg was born on December 31, 1946. She is a Belgian-American fashion designer

Diane von Fustenberg was born in Brussels, Belgium. She is the daughter of Leon Halfin and Liliane Nahmia. She studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland with a mjors in economics.

When she was 18 and was studying in university she met Prince Egon of Fi¼rstenberg, the elder son of a German prince and his first wife, an heiress to the Fiat automotive fortune. She married the prince in 1969 and had two children, Prince Alexander von Furstenberg and Princess Tatiana, who were born in New York City. She is now the grandmother of three children.

In 2001, she married American media mo gul Barry Diller, with whom she had been involved, off and on, since the 1970s. In 2002, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
In 1970, with a $30,000 investment, she began designing women's clothes. She is best known for introducing the knitted jersey "wrap dress" in 1973.

She started various businesses. She started a line of cosmetics in 1991 and a home-shopping business. Fustenberg moved to Paris, France in 1985 and there she founded Salvy, a French-language publishing house. After the artist Lowell Nesbitt died in 1993 Diane von Fi¼rstenberg purchased Nesbitt's studio. She used it until the early 2000's as her studio and her residence when it was sold and demolished to make space for a new high-rise building.

Fi¼rstenberg relaunched her high-end fashion clothing line in 1997. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded her a lifetime achievement award in 2005. Fustenberg was named the president of the CFDA in 2006. She also designed a Sidekick with T-Mobile and in 2008 she appeared as a judge on several episodes of Project Runway.

Why do we like Diane Fustenberg?

We like her because she is a good fashion designer.

Why is Diane Fustenberg Famous?

She is famous for her clothing and designs in the fashion designing industry.

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Date Added: 03 March '10

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