Fürstenberg attended a boarding school in Oxfordshire. She studied at Madrid University before transferring to the University of Geneva to study economics. She then moved to Paris and worked as an assistant to fashion photographer's agent Albert Koski. She left Paris for Italy to apprentice to the textile manufacturer Angelo Ferretti in his factory, where she learned about cut, color and fabric. It was here that she designed and produced her first silk jersey dresses.
In 1985, von Fürstenberg moved to Paris, where she founded Salvy, a French-language publishing house. She started a number of other businesses, including a line of cosmetics and a home-shopping business, which she launched in 1991. In 1992, von Fürstenberg sold $1.2 million (equivalent to $2.3 million in 2021) of her Silk Assets collection in two hours on QVC. She credits the success with giving her the confidence to relaunch her company.
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Over the years I have travelled with him everywhere. We went to Texas together, we went to Savannah together, we went to San Francisco together. So many places. But the best souvenir we had together is when I was invited to the inauguration of President Obama and he came with me. It was a very special moment. 59ce067264