Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut collection for Dior made waves for opening with a T-shirt that read “We Should All Be Feminists.” Today—one year later—she’s started yet another runway with a slogan causing quite a stir: “Why Have There Been No Great Woman Artists?”
The quote comes from the title of a 1971 essay by the art historian Linda Nochlin, which is considered to be a seminal text for feminist art history and theory studies. It’s a critical essay that looks at the power structures of the art world as an institution. The designer’s use of the essay as a slogan comes at an interesting time for the world of fashion, when there appears to be more woman then ever (finally) at the helm of major luxury brands, Dior included. It should be pointed out, however, that the majority of couture labels—which directly target women as their consumer base—are still controlled by men. Chiuri is the first female designer in Dior’s 70 year history, and she is arguably using this platform to call into question the unaddressed inequalities of hiring opportunity in the fashion industry.
Of course, much like the release of the “Feminist” t-shirt, this will no doubt raise questions about the co-opting of a political movement for profit. But hopefully she’s teaming up with Rihanna again to make this advantageous for a good cause. Perhaps a scholarship or professional mentorship program for young women in the arts?END
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