Last night, Diane von Furstenberg kicked off the 40th anniversary of her famed wrap dress with the launch of the "Journey of a Dress" exhibition at the Wilshire May Company Building in Los Angeles, now open to the public until March. To help honor the dress that started it all for the designer, von Furstenberg invited a few of her closest friends—including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Zoe, Coco Rocha, Seth Meyers, Ahna O’Reilly, Demi Moore, Allison Williams, Ashley Olsen—who all paid homage to DVF by wearing one of her many creations (except for Meyers of course!) “This is the first time that I’ve ever honored the wrap dress, who has paid for all my bills," von Furstenberg said to InStyle.com. "I took her for granted, and now I am honoring her and it feels good.”
Inside the gallery-style space, vintage and contemporary DVF designs were displayed on countless mannequins—including the very first sample of the wrap dress— dating back over the past four decades, as well as a collection of von Furstenberg photos created by artists and photographers alike including Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, and Annie Leibovitz, not to mention an oversized guestbook filled with loving notes written to the designer, which caught the attention of Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon.
As von Furstenberg greeted each of her guests—who all enjoyed small bites like mini shrimp tacos, mushroom crostinis, veggie samosas, and crispy white truffle risotto cakes—the designer saved her most glowing praise for the other “girls” in the room, those iconic wrap dresses. As she looked around at the hundreds of her creations on display, she admitted to InStyle.com, “they are all my children," and she just simply couldn't pick a favorite. Here's to another 40 years!
1. Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane von Furstenberg
celebrated the "Journey of a Dress" exhibition at the Wilshire May Company Building in Los Angeles. Paltrow (in a DVF wrap suit with a Rona Pfeiffer ring) joined the famed designer in honoring the iconic wrap dress and caught up with fellow guests including Toby Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer.
2. Seth Meyers
was also among the star-studded guest list to view the retrospective featuring vintage and contemporary DVF designs that chronicled the journey of a dress across four decades.
3. Rachel Zoe
stepped out—just weeks after giving birth to her second son, Kaius—to pay homage to DVF's designing legacy by wearing a vintage creation, "I feel very special," Zoe said to InStyle.com about the dress.
4. Julie Delphy
"You know it is funny because I realized I have some of the vintage dresses that are featured here," Delphy (in a DVF warp dress) said to InStyle.com. "I bought some of the vintage dresses from the late ‘80s and ‘70s, so I have a bunch of them."
5. Allison Williams
celebrated the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg's iconic dress by wearing the latest Amelia wrap dress from the spring 2014 collection.
6. Abbie Cornish
"It is a DVF wrap dress, even though it is longer and pleated," Cornish said to InStyle.com about her contemporary look. "I love that it honors the designer."
7. Demi Moore
enjoyed the evening (in a DVF sequin jumpsuit) as she and fellow guests admired the rows and rows of mannequins clothed in wrap dresses.
8. Coco Rocha
played co-host with Andy Cohen during the pre-show of the opening while wearing a DVF one-shoulder printed wrap dress.
9. Ashley Olsen
admired the many portraits of Diane von Furstenberg created by celebrated artists including Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Francesco Clemente, Helmut Newton, and Annie Leibovitz.