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{good reads} Diane Von Furstenberg’s Fairy Tale Book

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Diane Von Furstenberg is the subject of fashion writer Camilla Morton’s latest fashion fairy tale memoir series. A new twist on classic tale The Emperor’s New Clothes, the book tells the story of two young girls – Diane (based on the designer’s life), and an Empress, who is struggling with her new royal duties.

“Once you are immersed in the designer’s world, maybe it’s magic but, they really do just appear to write themselves,” said Morton. “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. Although Morton wrote the story, Von Furstenberg drew the illustrations.

“Diane is an amazing woman, she is a great designer, motivator and role model,” said Morton. “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, Diane: 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.”

The Empress’ New Clothes is available at, $22.
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