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Von Furstenberg, in her 'third act,' focuses on philanthropy

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/27/2017 By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer
In this June 19, 2017 photo, designer Diane Von Furstenberg appears during an interview in her office in the Meat Packing District in New York. At age 70, Diane von Furstenberg is refocusing. Having handed over the creative reins of her fashion label to Jonathan Saunders, one of fashion's most iconic names is now turning her energies to philanthropy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press In this June 19, 2017 photo, designer Diane Von Furstenberg appears during an interview in her office in the Meat Packing District in New York. At age 70, Diane von Furstenberg is refocusing. Having handed over the creative reins of her fashion label to Jonathan Saunders, one of fashion's most iconic names is now turning her energies to philanthropy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who recently turned 70, says she is in the 'third act' of her career, and is focusing on philanthropy and women's issues.

In this June 19, 2017 photo, designer Diane Von Furstenberg appears during an interview in her office in the Meat Packing District in New York. At age 70, Diane von Furstenberg is refocusing. Having handed over the creative reins of her fashion label to Jonathan Saunders, one of fashion's most iconic names is now turning her energies to philanthropy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press In this June 19, 2017 photo, designer Diane Von Furstenberg appears during an interview in her office in the Meat Packing District in New York. At age 70, Diane von Furstenberg is refocusing. Having handed over the creative reins of her fashion label to Jonathan Saunders, one of fashion's most iconic names is now turning her energies to philanthropy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Her latest project is the Statue of Liberty, where she is heading fundraising efforts for a new museum on Liberty Island.

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In this June 19, 2017 photo, designer Diane Von Furstenberg appears during an interview in her office in the Meat Packing District in New York. At age 70, Diane von Furstenberg is refocusing. Having handed over the creative reins of her fashion label to Jonathan Saunders, one of fashion's most iconic names is now turning her energies to philanthropy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press In this June 19, 2017 photo, designer Diane Von Furstenberg appears during an interview in her office in the Meat Packing District in New York. At age 70, Diane von Furstenberg is refocusing. Having handed over the creative reins of her fashion label to Jonathan Saunders, one of fashion's most iconic names is now turning her energies to philanthropy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The goal is to raise $100 million for the project, which is slated to open in 2019. Von Furstenberg has already raised $74 million in a year and a half, according to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

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