Diane von Furstenberg: A Documentary Portrait of a Fashion Icon is Coming to Hulu — Here’s What We Know

A new Hulu documentary, 'Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge,' will take an intimate look at the life and legacy of fashion icon DVF. From the iconic wrap dress to her work as a philanthropist, this film is set to explore the woman who redefined fashion and empowered generations
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 06: Diane von Furstenberg attends the 2017 DVF Awards at United Nations on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg is set to be the subject of an intimate documentary, Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge. Premiering on Hulu on June 25, the film promises an unprecedented look at the designer’s life, tracing her journey from European roots to becoming a global fashion powerhouse.

Directed by the award-winning team of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton, the documentary delves into von Furstenberg’s impact that extends far beyond the world of fashion. Here’s everything we know so far!

From Wrap Dresses to Women’s Empowerment

14th May 1974: Left to right: Artist Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and actor Monique Van Vooren, star of Warhol’s ‘Flesh for Frankenstein,’ at the film’s premiere at the Trans-Lux East Theater in New York City. Von Furstenberg is wearing one of her own designs, a leopard print wrap-dress. (Photo by Tim Boxer/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The documentary is poised to highlight von Furstenberg’s role in breaking barriers within the traditionally male-dominated fashion industry. Central to the narrative will likely be the iconic wrap dress, a garment that revolutionized women’s fashion in the 1970s.

The documentary is expected to explore the cultural impact of the wrap dress, including interviews with industry insiders and fashion historians, examining how its simple yet empowering design resonated with a generation seeking both comfort and confidence. This garment transcended trends and ultimately became a symbol of female independence.

A Life Beyond Fashion: Philanthropy and Activism

CHIPPING NORTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Diane von Fürstenberg attends the BoF VOICES Gala Dinner and Party at Soho Farmhouse on November 30, 2023 in Chipping Norton, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Hoda Davaine/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge is also expected to move beyond the runway, exploring the designer’s philanthropic endeavors. The film will likely shed light on her work with organizations that empower women and promote cultural understanding, offering insights into her motivations for giving back and the impact she’s made outside the fashion world.

Resilience and Reinvention: A Hallmark of Her Career

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: (L-R) Adrien Brody and Diane von Fürstenberg attend The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/MG24/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

The documentary will explore the various chapters of von Furstenberg’s career, likely including a period of financial difficulties for her namesake brand. Through this, it will examine her resilience and ability to reinvent herself, showcasing valuable perspectives on overcoming setbacks and building a lasting brand. Interviews with the designer herself will undoubtedly offer firsthand accounts of both these challenges and triumphs.

A Must-Watch for Fashion Enthusiasts and Beyond

A model walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios on September 13, 2015 in New York City.

Diane von Furstenberg’s documentary promises to be a captivating exploration of a woman who has defied expectations. But this documentary isn’t just for fashion enthusiasts; it’s a story of resilience, reinvention, and the power to leave a lasting mark on the world.

Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge will have its world premiere as the opening night selection at the 2024 Tribeca Festival on June 5 and is coming to Hulu in the US and Disney+ internationally on June 25.

This article originally appeared on GRAZIA International.

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