Diane Von Furstenberg's classic wrap dress was inspired by the end of her marriage.

The designer was infuriated by the belief she was a kept woman - in particular a 1974 cover article in New York magazine about herself and Prince von Furstenberg which had the tag line 'The Couple That Has Everything. Is Everything Enough?' - and designed the garment to symbolise individuality, femininity and inner strength.

She said: ''As awful as that story was, it made me realise that I did not want to be a socialite.

''That was so far from the woman I wanted to be. I wanted to be independent.''

Diane says the end of her marriage marked the start of a ''fairy tale'' for her.

She told W magazine: ''I exploded. Usually the fairy tale ends with the girl marrying the prince. But mine started as soon as the marriage was over.''

Diane - who stepped briefly out of the fashion world in 1994 when she was diagnosed with tongue cancer - says she is now in the ''third phase'' of her career.

She said: ''The first time I did it to be independent. The second time around was to show myself and the world that my success hadn't been an accident. Now I am in the third phase, which is 'I Mean Business'. This is a new starting line for me.''