Creator of the iconic wrap dress fashion designer, author and activist Diane Von Furstenberg, visited the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) recently and shared her insights with students, faculty and guests.  

VCUartsVon Furstenberg was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She was welcomed by VCUarts Qatar Dean Amir Berbić.

We are honoured that she is here with us to share her vitality, experience and wisdom, and we know our students will appreciate this great opportunity to meet her, learn from her, and be inspired by her.’

In the hour-long talk with guests in the university’s atrium, Von Furstenberg spoke of her commitment to building on the strength of self as the most important element of success. Her call to action is to be ‘in charge’, encouraging people, with special emphasis on women, to take control of their lives and be all that they can be.

To be in charge is a commitment to ourselves, it is owning who we are – it is respecting and trusting our character knowing that it is forever the home and the core of our strength.’

The second half of her visit included a brief ‘critique’ in the Fashion Design Department where she met the faculty and students from the fashion design programme. She also reviewed the work they were developing for the upcoming Fashion Trust Arabia Competition.

For updates and more information about VCUarts Qatar, visit their website at qatar.vcu.edu.