Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic style has led her to be one of the most recognized fashion personalities in the world. And, then there’s that wrap dress. The legendary garment created by von Furstenberg when she was just 26 years old! Diane will bring her incomparable style to St. Louis for a talk and trunk show hosted by Saint Louis Fashion Fund in partnership with Caleres on October 11-12.

The “Conversation with Diane von Furstenberg” talk is scheduled for 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, in the Steinberg Auditorium at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. The trunk show takes place from Noon - 6 p.m., October 11 and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., October 12 at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis located at 3750 Washington Boulevard. Both the talk and trunk show are free and open to the public.

During her visit, Ms. von Furstenberg will also meet with several local designers/brands. Aspiring student designers and fashion followers will have the unique opportunity to get a first-hand narrative about Diane’s illustrious career along with her insights and history of art and fashion followed by a Q&A. Ms. von Furstenberg will also receive the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Award which is presented to individuals making major contributions in fashion. Past recipients include the late Andre Leon Talley, Dapper Dan, Iris Apfel and Karlie Kloss.

“Thanks to our generous partners at Caleres and their signature sponsorship, Diane’s St. Louis visit promises to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the region’s fashion and design community,” said Susan Sherman, co-founder and interim CEO of Saint Louis Fashion Fund. “In addition, Diane’s visit will include special guest appearances by native St. Louisans: Former Head of Fashion and Beauty at YouTube and New York Times best-selling author Derek Blasberg and supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss.”

Ms. von Furstenberg is one of the world’s most inspiring fashion icons. But it wasn’t an easy road. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she was taught that fear is never an option and put in serious work to build her style empire from scratch. The Belgian-born designer began crafting her line in 1970, and hasn’t looked back since. Her extensive philanthropic efforts include the DVF Awards that recognize and support extraordinary women dedicated to transforming the lives of other women, who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire, the Statue of Liberty Museum, Vital Voices, the High Line and Little Island in New York are part of her latest chapter and will be enjoyed for generations to come.

For more information about Diane von Furstenberg’s visit, or if you are interested in being a program partner, or want to make a reservation in advance, please go to www.saintlouisfashionfund.org