Legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg was honored in DC with the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Woman of Leadership Award earlier this month at the Library of Congress.
At an exclusive formal ceremony, Furstenberg received the 3rd annual award, which was established by Ginsberg with Julie Opperman, Chairman of the Dwight D. Opperman Foundation, prior to RBG’s passing.
The award was designed to acknowledge and celebrate exceptional women who have devoted themselves to the betterment of society, regardless of background, place, or purpose.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left us a legacy of justice, empathy, and kindness,” said Gloria Steinem in a tribute remark. “In a world of patriarchal rules that too often restrict women’s freedom and empathy with each other, Diane von Furstenberg has given women a daily way of dressing that allows freedom for all. All of this means that it is a unique accomplishment for one award to bring together a woman who set female bodies free, and one who set our hopes for justice free.”
In fact, the evening was a sort of full-circle moment, as RBG’s own last public appearance was her acceptance of the Lifetime Leadership DVF Award, and the evening’s opera performer, J’Nai Bridges, was the last opera singer that RBG saw at the Kennedy Center.
Among those in attendance were political leaders, activists, celebrities, and notable business leaders — including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, David Rubenstein, James Rothschild and his wife, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Barry Diller, Sylvester Stallone, along with his wife Jennifer Stallone, and their daughter Sophia Stallone, as well as Lynda Carter Altman, Martha Stewart, and Adrienne Arsht.