DIANE VON FURSTENBERG ARCHIVE
“Treasure”, to all who conjure the word, will have very different connotations. Some of you will be thinking diamonds and pearls, maybe gold bullion, perhaps your grandmother’s vintage Bitossi from before you were born?
Well, treasure for Natalie Joos – a Belgian-born casting agent and consultant living in New York comprises of vintage and fashion – especially when combined. So you might imagine the leaping-butterflies-somersaulting-thrill that Natalie felt when she was granted access to photograph the private fashion vaults of Diane Von Furstenberg – on DVF’s own estate no less.
Natalie Joos was quite literally the first person ever to have accessed Diane’s archives. Not even DVF’s own granddaughter knew of their existence. Treasure.
Says Joos… “The afternoon flies by. What we thought would last two hours turns into a six-hour production. “You must have lunch!” insists Diane after a few frenzied dress changes and summons my team to the poolside terrace. But as soon as our stomachs are stocked we fly off again to conduct Diane’s on-camera interview by the giant Buddha statue. She changed into a pair of black leggings, an oversized DVF sweater and rubber rain boots – none of us poor mignons anticipated the swampy, muddy grass by the lake and get splattered. No vintage? She replies matter-of-factly: “I don’t need to wear vintage. I AM vintage.”
It’s an intimate moment of avante garde design, vintage fashion at its best, feasting, and Furstenberg worthy of sharing. Take a plate at DVF’s table and sit down & enjoy the treasures of her archives.
Credits: Tales of Endearment