Diane von Furstenberg praised as ‘heroine’

Diane von Furstenberg

Camilla Morton sees Diane von Furstenberg as a “modern-day heroine”.

The author is known for her fashion fairy tales, which feature real-life designers and give classic stories a contemporary twist.

Her latest fairy tale memoir is a fresh take on The Emperor’s New Clothes and Camilla has explained why she used fashion mogul Diane as inspiration.

"Diane is an amazing woman - she is a great designer, motivator and role model," she told Vogue.

"Even without the fairy tale twist she is an incredible modern-day heroine and what makes her even more compelling is that none of her part of the story is make-believe. Diane is a fabulous example of someone who has made her own fairy tale come true. I loved her biography, Diana: A Signature Life, and was really inspired by her - her character, drive and determination. Fashion isn't about overnight success - it's about hard work, great ideas and original designs and I found Diane's success and savvy business story very empowering."

Previous offerings by the writer have featured designers Christian Lacroix and Manolo Blahnik.

Camilla finds it easy to write the fairy tales and says Diane’s enthusiasm really lent herself to being the first female inspiration in the series.

"Once you are immersed in the designer's world, maybe it's magic but, they really do just appear to write themselves," Camilla explained.

"Plus, there are so many characters and personalities I have seen in fashion that inspiration was easy to find. Diane's story and enthusiasm is so rich that I really wanted to up the fairy tale and bring the empress to life.”

Diane had a direct impact on the finished product, designing the layout of each page and supplying her own illustrations.

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