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1974: President Richard Nixon resigns, "Blazing Saddles" fills movie theaters, People magazine debuts, and new U.S. laws and landmark court rulings mean being a woman is about to become even more interesting.

And something else: Diane von Furstenberg invents the wrap dress.

It's sort of hard to imagine fashion without it. Beyond being beautiful and flattering on all body types, it is also a dress for day or night. It works for stay-at-home moms or career women or, as is more often the case, women who manage just fine in both worlds, thank you very much.

So what's not to love about DVF introducing a whole slew of designs based on the brand's rich history? Hitting stores this week is the Diane vintage collection, with wrap dresses in three lengths, wrap blouses and even small leather goods (hello, new iPad case!) in the historic prints that helped make the brand famous.

To continue the celebration, DVF is partnering with StyleList to launch our new StyleList Network, a group of bloggers and style sites we think you should know about it. This growing group represents a range of voices and perspectives, and proves our belief that every woman can look her best when she is comfortable with her personal style.

And speaking of personal style, here's a look at Diane von Furstenberg's through the years, accompanied with her thoughts.