It’s hardly surprising that the legendary DVF’s wedding was something of a fashion moment. Then just Diane Halfin, the Belgian-born beauty had met her soon-to-be husband three years previously at the University of Geneva. Prince Edward Egon von Fürstenberg was at the height of European society—his mother Gianni Agnelli’s sister, his father part of a German dynasty going back to the thirteen century.
For their wedding, Halfin went to Marc Bohan at Christian Dior and asked him to make her an informal country dress—"Tom Jones, I told him." They started with a large floral-rimmed hat and Bohan went from there, designing a white piqué dress with a deep hem of open work embroidery over a series of multi-coloured slips that broke out in a flounce at the bottom. The open work embroidery was repeated on the bottom of the full sleeves and cuffs, and the dress was tightly waisted with several satin sashes of different colors—cleverly hiding the fact that she was already at least three months pregnant (their son Alexandre was born the following January). The bride carried a bouquet of bright yellow daffodils.
The wedding took place in the village of Montfort-l'Amaury, France, on July 16th, 1969. Unfortunately Egon's father, who objected to his son marrying a Jew, boycotted the ceremony. The wedding still came off splendidly and was still described by Vogue as "gypsy brilliance—young, joyful, high-key.” The five-hundred guests ate at tables covered in cowslip yellow at l’Auberge de la Moutière, while listening to “the tambourine-jangled music of a Russian band, stirred gypsy echoes with a quick, vivid sense of Now.” After two children, a wild open marriage with lots of lovers, and her establishing a fashion empire, the two divorced in 1983.