The Woman I Wanted to Be

  • by Diane von Furstenberg
  • Narrated by Diane von Furstenberg
  • 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg shares stories about becoming the woman she wanted to be.
Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be - in her words, "the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills." She has since become that woman and much more, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining "my children are my greatest creation."
In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life - from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, telling listeners, "I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be."


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Why Is this in the Business Section?

What disappointed you about The Woman I Wanted to Be?

I thought that this was going to be about the fashion empire she built. Instead, it's about the houses she bought and the men she slept with.

What could Diane von Furstenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have written more about her business. Her deals, her triumphs. It sounds like she has nothing to do with DVF the company.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first chapter when she talks about her childhood and her mother was very interesting and I felt swept up in that.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Woman I Wanted to Be?

Every chapter after the first one.

Any additional comments?

If she starts to talk about industry and running a business after Chapter 4, please let me know, because I had to stop. I couldn't take another second of here extremely glamorous celebrity filled life. It just depressed me.

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- Marina R. Martinez


What a great biography. Well organized and keeps you engaged and inspired. DVF has lived an amazing life and is aware of her impact. She is an inspiration to all women.
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- Isabel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio