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Portrait: Diane Von Furstenberg as Photographed by Chuck Close

Photo credit: Chuck Close, courtesy The Pace Gallery
Photo credit: Chuck Close, courtesy The Pace Gallery

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Designer Diane von Furstenberg sits for a photo portrait and a talk with Chuck Close for Harper's Bazaar—the duo talk about wrinkles, plastic surgery, and Jeanne Moreau.

“I was a little bit intimidated because if Chuck photographs you, it’s very much like an X-ray, in the sense that there’s nothing to hide behind,” says the designer.

At 64, the designer has never had any plastic surgery, has no plans to, and if anything takes pride in her lines: “I’ve always liked wrinkles,” she says. “When I was a young girl, I used to make lines on my face with my nails because I loved Jeanne Moreau. I always wanted to be older; I always added years to my life. For the longest time, if people thought I was older I would take it as a compliment.”

Chuck Close: "For me, imperfections and wrinkles give you character. They’re the road map of your life. If you’ve laughed your whole life, you have laugh lines. If you’ve frowned your whole life, you have furrows on your brow. All the stuff that people want to hide is exactly what needs to be there for a portrait, as far as I’m concerned. I love the stuff that people hate, all stuff that people airbrush out or Photoshop out."

· Diane Von Furstenberg [Harper's Bazaar]