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Diane Gilman knew at an early age what she wanted to be when she grew up. As a young girl in Los Angeles, Diane set her sights on a career in fashion. By her early 20s, Diane Gilman had opened a fashion store of her own on Melrose Avenue, which soon became a popular destination among Hollywood starlets.

Eventually Diane’s designs became staples in some of the most glamorous and prominent department stores in the world. By the time she arrived at HSN, Diane Gilman was already a well-respected and highly- sought-after name in the industry.

Diane's goal is to provide modern fashion and classic comfort in a fit that flatters any figure. Diane designs with the women of her Baby Boomer Generation in mind.

Diane has never lost the vision of that little girl from L.A. with a dream and a fashion sense.

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The American Dream

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 4:12 PM

I had a dream... a singularly American Dream. You could say I was born dreaming, because by the time I could articulate, I would tell anyone who would listen that I was going to be a fashion designer, working and living on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and... of course, be rich, famous and glamorous! A rather amazing prophecy from a 4-year-old, as I foretold the life I was meant to lead.

So, when HSN chose me for their "American Dreams" series airing on August 16th, 2014, I accepted in a nanosecond! It wasn't that I felt entitled, but rather my story was a pretty good version of the "Dream" -- first generation American, small-town girl dreams "big-city," grows up in the repressive 1950s, breaks free in the '60s, comes to New York in the '70s, to be "discovered" in the '80s, finally got my break on television in the '90s and so the story goes....

I credit my American Dream coming true to two key factors. First off, I entered this world with impeccable timing! Had I been born five years earlier, I doubt I could have broken free of the constraints on women that had lasted for thousands of years. As a little girl, there was only one acceptable dream for me -- wife, mother, 2.5 children, a white picket fence and a dog named "sparky." But the '60s shattered convention...Blew apart tradition, broke down boundaries and women could finally individualize their own life path!

The second factor was my perception of America itself. I like to think my generation -- we Baby Boomers -- saw America as forever-buoyant. If you experimented, misstepped or failed, America would be there with a safety net -- a country always ready to reward success and forgive failure. It was a time when you didn't need big money, just a great idea and the guts and drive to make it happen. The America of my youth was truly the land of limitless opportunity!

Call it bravery, or just call it delusional, but I started my first business in my garage. I worked two jobs during the day to fund buying fabric to sew through most of the night in that cold cell, with only a tiny heater beside me. I finished every piece by hand, was passionate about my craft, and felt lucky to be doing what I loved... Now, 40 years later, I have discovered that one of the great luxuries of growing older is the ability to look back and say, "Wow! I did it!" In retrospect, success was not about the destination, it was about the journey...

Now, don't get me wrong, there was no straight trajectory or sustained pinnacle. As a matter of fact, if you were to graph my career, and my dream, it would look like an EKG -- spikes and valleys, ups and downs. There were plenty of times I feared I might wind up sitting out on a New York City sidewalk asking kind strangers to drop a dollar into my Birkin Bag. Yet I survived and modestly prospered, until, at the age of 59, I had that uniquely American "Light Bulb Moment." This one key idea, and my career EKG spiked dramatically... beyond my wildest dreams... Quite simply, I stayed in the game long enough to make my dream a reality! It was just one simple idea -- that came from the understanding that we Baby Boomers expect to stay young forever -- which led to my record-breaking DG2 jean. I simply moved the gauge on that "forever young" belief slightly closer to reality for an entire generation of women... and along the way, found my true purpose as a designer...

It didn't come early in my career (understatement, as 59 years old is a dinosaur in the youth-obsessed fashion industry), but maybe the best should be saved, and savored, for last... My prophecy at the tender age of 4 years old, took a bit longer to come true than imagined (slight understatement, again), but it's all about the journey... right?

And frankly, who cares how long it took? Because the irony and the miracle is it finally did come true, and keeps growing and unfolding like a novel you simply cannot put down!
I hope my "Dream" story inspires, and helps, all women of every age to live their own particular dream, because I am living proof dreams do come true...

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The Swimsuit Issue

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 11:36 AM

Get out your surfboards, ladies! That silver tsunami keeps building, and we should be riding high as the wave crests.

Last month, I blogged about the impact of the Meryl Streep and Madonna magazine covers. This week, Vera Wang took it up a notch, posing...

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The Material Girl's Guide to Turning Your Midlife Crisis Into a Halftime Show

(27) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 9:49 AM

"Haters gonna hate," as they say, so I wasn't at all surprised by the snarky twitter-flogging Madonna took over her halftime show. Personally, I love Madge for the fearless way she lives, loves and rocks, and I think every Baby Boomer out there could take a lesson from the way...

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It's Halftime, Baby Boomers!

(12) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 6:55 AM

I'm not usually one to weep like a baby over a car commercial, but that's what Chrysler's "Halftime in America" ad did to me.

It wasn't just the gravely voice of Clint Eastwood or that magnificently weathered, inspiring face or the moving images of an America...

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The Love You Take and the Love You Make

(12) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 7:31 PM

If the holidays are a bit lonely for you, you're not alone. Christmas dinner isn't served up on a Norman Rockwell commemorative plate for me, either. Having been widowed years ago, I'm seeing a wonderful man, but in keeping with the complex logistics of modern love, he spends holidays with...

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Finally! Sexy Baby Boomer Women Are in Vogue

(143) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 6:19 PM

Because I'm in fashion, my face is always buried in the editorial pages. As I got older and the models got younger, I felt more and more marginalized by the very culture I and my generation created. When I saw Meryl Streep on the cover of January's Vogue, I said,...

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Are You Ready for the Three-Way? (Come With Me for a Major Aha! Moment)

(36) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 4:24 PM

Thanks for the many terrific comments on my recent posts. Keep them coming! I read them all.

A few weeks ago, one of you quoted Satchel Paige: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" Thought-provoking, right? Let me share with you...

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Say It Isn't So, Demi! (A Cougar Survival Guide)

(688) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 5:58 PM

When I heard that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher might split up, I was devastated. Now, you might ask, "Diane, why do you care so much about seeing this couple succeed?" It's simple -- I have a May-December romance, and whenever I had any doubts I could always fall back...

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The Last Seduction: Sex In Your Sixties

(7) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 12:03 AM

Fact or Fiction?

'Sex in your Sixties' can be the most passionate, the most intense, the most meaningful and the most deeply personal sex of your life.

Fact!

How do I know? Because it's happening to me. So when a friend suggested I write a blog about sex and feeling...

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Baby Boomers: A New Life-Construct -- From "Invisible to Invincible!"

(11) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 11:14 AM

Have you ever had a pivotal moment in your life? A piece of news delivered in a split second... just a heartbeat... that will stick in your psyche forever? You'll always remember where you were and what you were doing when the news was delivered. One of these significant "moments...

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How I Transformed My Life After 50

(85) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM

"Fascinating!" said a group of TV executives on a flight from New York who recognized me as the "Queen of Jeans" with over one million loyal "Boomer Consumers" on HSN. For the next few hours we volleyed around the idea of my own reality show about the unique advantages of...

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