Book Review – ‘The Woman I Wanted To Be’ by Diane Von Furstenburg

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while. I’m not generally a big ‘memoir’ person but I love fashion and the workings of it and I thought this would be an interesting read. I wasn’t disappointed.

dvf book pic for blog reviewDiane writes quite frankly about things but perhaps not as in depth as some memoirs tend to go. If you’re looking for something that gives you every single nitty gritty aspect of a person’s life, then this probably isn’t for you. For example, when her first marriage broke up, she basically just says ‘he moved out’. There’s not always a lot of emotion shown – although I have no doubt she felt it. The fact that she is a caring, and kind person, definitely comes through.

It’s certainly true – as some critics have argued – that she’s had a privileged life, and that it’s easy to be successful when you have that benefit. But I’d argue that yes, she certainly had connections, and doors opened to her that, had she not been a European Princess, probably would have stayed closed, but she still had to work at it. She had to create something people wanted. She had to have talent too. It’s a very easy read – definitely a name drop fest – but that’s half to be expected. 

Diane’s positivity shines through and can be infectious. She’s applied this to all aspects of her life, and continues to do this through her philanthropic work, encouraging other women to be the women they want to be.


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