• Lingerie as a Statement
  • Kathleen Donovan
Lingerie as a Statement

For years I have had a crush on Diane Von Furstenberg. I wore her dresses and admired her confidence, but other than that I didn’t know much about her life.

While thinking of Fifth House I would sometimes Google women who I thought exuded strength and individuality. I stumbled on a quote from DVF that I haven’t forgotten.   She said, “ The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself”.

When I started wearing lingerie, it was a little secret just for me. My world was expanding and I wanted to embrace the opportunities around me, but I didn’t like thinking I had to look a certain way or hide aspects of myself to be seen as capable. I’m a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur and I am also a woman.

Lingerie became my statement. I taught myself to wear luxury pieces that showed under tops or jackets. I built outfits for events around a sheer blouse and lace corset. I liked myself more for being myself. For being brave enough to feel beautiful and still contribute in powerful ways to my family and in my community.

During this time I found this picture of Diane Von Furstenberg’s first advertisements in the 70s. She saw the ease and sexiness of a wrap dress as a statement of her feminine power.

I knew then why I always liked her. Be a woman. Own it.



  • Kathleen Donovan

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