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A Transformation Through Fashion

Jeanne M. Stafford

Posted on February 14 2014

I wanted something I thought I could never get.

For over 25 years, I’ve wanted the iconic “Wrap” dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.  It was a staple fashion piece worn by beautiful women, its popularity and liberating statement landing magazine covers in both fashion and news media.  Unfortunately, no matter what my weight/size/shape, every time I tried one on, I looked at myself in the mirror and cried.  I looked dumpy.  This dress was not for me.


I was convinced by a friend to try again.

Over  the holidays,  I had a rare opportunity for a lazy afternoon of  lunch and shopping in New York’s meat packing district.  My good friend is a smokin’ fashionista and wanted to go into the Diane Von Furstenberg store to try on a wrap dress.  I told her my history with this frustrating frock and she convinced me to try again.

Well, I couldn’t believe my eyes and the approving smiles of my pal and the store staff.  The dress fit like a glove and hugged in all the right places.  I felt INCREDIBLE and beamed rather than cry. I tried on more wrap dresses!

From the inside out, I experienced a transformation of more than my shape.

After making my purchase, I left the store feeling light and victorious.  I thought about  the symbolism of this new dress,  the actual pounds I lost to fit into this dress but,  more importantly,  the “extra weight” shed from my head and heart in recent years to wear this dress.

My inner “YES” reframed

This dress is metaphorically wrapping the new me.  I navigate life daily with an invaluable improv principle:  keeping the mind open and saying “yes” to whatever is presented, always open to new experiences.  I continue to receive parallels and signs like this that I am doing exactly what I should be doing – helping others feel as “light” as I do.  The improv principles upon which I base my life and work materialized so clearly in my own life triumph.

Enter Free.  Say Yes.  Transform.

Diane von Furstenberg celebrates 40 years in business this month, still recreating and reinventing The Wrap Dress.  One of her newest takes on the classic? “The New Jeanne.”  Wrap it!

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