To celebrate the premiere of her new E! show, House of DVF, Diane von Furstenberg displayed her iconic wrap dress on another icon: the Statue of Liberty. Make that, six Lady Liberty replicas, each in a different DVF print, displayed throughout New York City.
Pulling off this NYC stunt required help from the heartland. Mendota Heights-based Tivolitoo Inc., the design and sculpting firm that created the 3D Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer at Nickelodeon Universe as well as the Peanuts statues that decorated St. Paul streets several back in 2000, was commissioned to build the Statue of Liberty replicas—with a waistline to pull off a DVF wrap.
The statues are 8 feet tall and weigh 160 pounds (with a base that weighs just as much). "It was definitely a challenge due to the detail of the sculpture," Tivolitoo Vice President Hart Johnson says. And yet, this was not Tivolitoo's first time making a Statue of Liberty. That happened several years ago, Johnson recalls, at the request of the city of Sioux Falls. Theirs was 10 feet tall, and bronze. But it didn't wear DVF.
House of DVF premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on E!