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Diane von Furstenberg urges designers to monitor garment factories

dvf.jpgDiane von Furstenberg is known for giving women freedom with her easy, wearable designs.

She is perhaps most famous for her wrap dress. The design will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year.

But in the wake of the deadly garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, the grande dame of American fashion says she also feels a sense of responsibilty to the women in other countries who manufacture her clothes.

"I've always felt very responsible and we have a code of conduct in our production department that we make all the factories we work with sign. And we visit the factories," she said while in Montreal for the C2-MTL conference.

Von Furstenberg is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Immediately after the tragedy in Bangladesh, she wrote to members to remind them to check the factories they were using and to make sure they had infomation about all levels of production. 

"I also told them that there are consulting firms that do that if they can not afford to go check the factory themselves."

Listen to her interview with Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly.

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Photo: C2-MTL