House of DVF

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Drinking, iffy values in fashion-house reality.

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Positive Messages

Positive values praised include working hard and treating others with respect, but this is undermined by vapid arguing and competition as well as plentiful partying. As this is a fashion series, appearance is prized highly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Von Fürstenberg puts in a lot of sweat equity at work and treats her employees respectfully. Contestants are a mixed bag, and what they have to offer isn't that significant.

Violence

Occasional threats of violence between angry contestants. 

Sex

Contestants wear skimpy and revealing clothing; passing references to sex. 

Language

"Ass" occasionally; "bitch" frequently; "f--k" occasionally (bleeped); references to female body parts.

Consumerism

Von Fürstenberg's logo and signs at her various establishments are shown frequently. The entire show is a commercial for her fashion line. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes take place at bars; contestants drink on-screen; one contestant collapses and needs medical intervention for "dehydration." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that House of DVF is a reality show about a hunt for the new face of a fashion line. Appearance is prized highly in this competition, and there is frequent criticism of contestants' looks, clothing, and makeup, as well as a suggestion that a woman with a New Jersey-esque accent must lose it or she can't work in fashion. Language includes bleeped "f--k" as well as "ass" and "bitch," used often to refer to certain contestants. Drama and arguing is amped up. Diane von Fürstenberg's logo and merchandise are showcased endlessly. Contestants drink on-screen; one collapses due to "dehydration," and medical assistance must be called. 

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What's the story?

In reality competition HOUSE OF DVF, Diane von Fürstenberg, the fashion maven who made the wrap dress huge in the 1970s, is looking for a fresh new face to be her fashion line's Global Brand Ambassador. This Ambassador will draw a salary and travel the world, showing up at parties and events, being photographed in von Fürstenberg's clothing, and generally representing the spirit of the fashion house. Ten young women will compete in various fashion-oriented challenges, including working celebrity-filled launch parties and inspiring new designs. At the end, the one left standing is DVF's chosen Ambassador. 

Is it any good?

If you haven't heard of a Global Brand Ambassador, you're not alone, but what sounds like a silly job to older folks is a dream gig for fashion-crazed young women. Go to parties, wear fabulous clothes, get photographed, and have people ask you for your opinion? Sounds delicious -- where do I sign up?

All the glamour is undercut by the fact that all these dewy-faced 20-somethings were far too young to appreciate von Fürstenberg in her heyday; plus, they largely have been chosen for being cute or "interesting" instead of having an interest in or experience with fashion. Thus the competition becomes a toothless one with very low stakes, and it's far less interesting for viewers to watch. Who will be the winner? Who cares? 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the competition that underlies this show. What is a Global Brand Ambassador? What does one do? Do you know of any such Brand Ambassadors? Is this competition based on a prize you'd want to win? 

  • Why would Diane von Fürstenberg want to have a reality show? How does it help or hurt her company? Her image? Her bank account? 

  • Name some other reality shows set in a fashion milieu. How is House of DVF like these shows? How is it different? 

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For kids who love fashion

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