“We all do the same things. What makes us different is how we do them.”
Diane von Furstenberg | Camilla Morton, The Empress's New Clothes
A month or so ago as the seasons changed, a new book landed on my bedside table. The third fashion fairy tale by Camilla Morton called The Empress’s New Clothes was about Diane von Furstenberg. After reading The Tale of Sleeping Beauty and The Elves and the Shoemaker I was really looking forward to Camilla’s new story, excited about new discoveries and seeing Diane’s illustrations and couldn’t wait to cocoon myself in beautiful words.
Having read Diane’s autobiography and writing about her in the past I wished and hoped that the fairy tale, a creative blend of Diane von Furstenberg’s memories and an imaginary story of a young empress based on the classic Andersen’s “Emperors Old Clothes”, would be good enough to portrait this wonderful iconic woman and have an impact even on those people who don’t know much about the designer.
The book didn’t disappoint. It was an enjoyable and enchanting story full of love and beauty.
Read it on a quiet afternoon when the light outside becomes soft and sleepy and the shadows wrap the world in a blanket made of fantasies and stars. Immerse in this fairy tale and allow yourself to dream savouring each sentence and, maybe, a cup of ginger tea, one of Diane’s favourite.