By  on September 10, 2012

She's glamorous, global and after six high-profile, news-packed years as president of the CFDA, she's the undisputed grand dame of American fashion designers. From her seat of presidential power, Diane von Furstenberg negotiates the roles of instigator, ambassador and get-it-done gal with equal rigor and endless, enviable charm. Von Furstenberg acknowledges and takes pride in the accomplishments of her tenure, citing as her greatest asset her ability to bring people together, family-style. It is, she says, "the Jewish mother in me."

WWD: Fifty years. How do you see the mission of the CFDA today?
Diane von Furstenberg:
We know the story of the CFDA, which I find extremely moving. The truth is that it was wonderful street fashion in America, in all these stores, and there were all these Seventh Avenue firms. I remember my mother coming and going to New York, and coming back with trunks.

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