Egon von Fürstenberg
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|Prince of Fürstenberg|
Egon with younger brother Sebastian and sister Ira in 1955
|Spouse||Diane Simone Michelle Halfin
|Issue||Alexander von Furstenberg
Tatiana von Fürstenberg
|Father||Prince Tassilo of Fürstenberg|
|Born||29 June 1946|
|Died||11 June 2004(aged 57)|
Egon von Fürstenberg (Eduard Egon Peter Paul Giovanni Prinz zu Fürstenberg, Prinz Egon zu Fürstenberg, 29 June 1946 – 11 June 2004) was a member of an historically important German aristocratic family (princely house, Fürstenhaus Fürstenberg). He was a socialite and husband of fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, and a Swiss fashion and interior designer in his own right. The von Fürstenbergs had two children, Prinz Alexandre Egon (b. 25 January 1970) and Prinzessin Tatiana Desirée (b. 16 February 1971), but were divorced in 1972.
Fürstenberg went on to author two books on fashion and interior design (The Power Look, 1978, and The Power Look at Home: Decorating for Men, 1980), and to open an interior design firm. He died at in Rome on 11 June 2004 of liver cancer deriving from an earlier hepatitis C infection, and was survived by his children and both wives.
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Eduard Egon Peter Paul Giovanni Prinz zu Fürstenberg, born 29 June 1946 in Lausanne, Switzerland, was the elder son of Prince Tassilo zu Fürstenberg (1903–1989) and his first wife, Clara Agnelli (born 1920), elder sister of Fiat's chairman, Gianni Agnelli. On his father's side, Egon descends from branches of family that include both Stéphanie de Beauharnais,[who?] and the 18th-century English eccentric William Thomas Beckford. After Clara's departure,[clarification needed] his father married Texas oil heiress Dr. Cecilie Amelia Hudson, née Blaffer.
Fürstenberg's younger brother is Prince Sebastian zu Fürstenberg, and his sister is socialite and actress and Princess Ira zu Fürstenberg, whose first husband was Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. He is first cousin of Karel Schwarzenberg, a Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
The House of Fürstenberg is an ancient German family which reigned over a small principality within the Holy Roman Empire until mediatized in 1806, henceforth retaining their official princely status until the fall of the German Empire in 1918, and thereafter maintaining aristocratic eminence through continued ownership of vast estates. Although zu rather than von is the predicate attached to the family's princely title (denoting that the family retained possession of, not merely past or nominal association with the Fürstenberg family seat), Egon and his sister chose to use the more familiar von for career purposes.
Fürstenberg was married to fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg (see below).
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Egon von Fürstenberg was born at Lausanne, Switzerland, was baptized by Pope John XXIII, and was thereafter brought up in great privilege in Venice, Italy. According to his book, The Power Look, he earned a degree in economics at the University of Geneva, followed by a term in the Peace Corps and two years as an investment banker.
He married the Belgian-born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin, a Jewish woman of Romanian-Greek descent and daughter of a Holocaust survivor (on her mother's side), on 16 July 1969 at Montfort-l'Amaury, Yvelines, France. The new Princess Diane von Fürstenberg was pregnant, and the senior Fürstenbergs objected to the couple's union for this reason, and for her Jewish heritage.
His wife opened her own fashion house in New York, at Egon's urging, creating a novel, eventually iconic wrap dress, a career as designer that pre-dated and arguably eclipsed Egon's. Fürstenberg began his career as a buyer for Macy's, taking night classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parson's School of Design.
Furstenberg began independent work as a fashion designer in 1977, designing clothes for plus-size women, and later expanding to full fashion and product licensing, with ready-to-wear, fragrance, and made to measure lines based in Rome. Next von Furstenberg designed ready-made clothing for the masses, and an off-the-peg (ready-to-wear) line of fashion.
Fürstenberg wrote two top selling books: The Power Look (1978), a guide to fashion and good taste, and The Power Look at Home: Decorating for Men (1980), a book on home furnishings (see below). He opened an interior design firm in 1981.[clarification needed] In 1991 he exhibited at Alta Moda days in Rome.
Fürstenberg collected art, and his collection included works by Zachary Selig.[page needed] In 1983, Egon and Lynn Marshall (born ca. 1950), an American and a Mississippi native, were married; the couple remained childless.
Egon von Fürstenberg died at Spallanzani Hospital in Rome on 11 June 2004.New York Post,[who?] reported Fürstenberg's widow stating that he died of liver cancer caused by a hepatitis C infection that he acquired in the 1970s.
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Fürstenberg's published works included:
- The Power Look, 1978, New York, NY, USA: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, ISBN 0030204569 and 9780030204562.[full citation needed]
- The Power Look at Home: Decorating for Men, 1980, New York, NY, USA: Morrow, ISBN 068803599X and 9780688035990.[full citation needed]
- "Egon von Furstenberg, 'Prince Of High Fashion,' Dies at 57", The New York Times (New York City), 12 June 2004
- Wohlfert-Wihlborg, Lee (21 December 1981), "The Original Von Furstenberg, Egon, Wakes Up to His Own Potential", People 16 (25), retrieved 17 July 2015
- Joan A. Quinn, 1989, "Click: Zachary Selig honors Prince Egon von Furstenberg." The Herald Examiner, 26 January 1989.[page needed]
- Mary Rourke, 2004, "Egon von Furstenberg, 57; Gave Up Banking Career for Fashion Design," Los Angeles Times (online), 12 June 2004, see , accessed 14 July 2015.
- Homepage Egon von Fürstenberg
- FMD, 2015, "Designers: Egon von Fürstenberg, Fashion Model Directory (FMD, online), see , accessed 14 July 2015.