This week we started thinking about the contents of NIL magazine. I was interested in writing an article that could be featured so I started researching into ideas. This is what I came up with:
“My reference is a modern woman and my role has to be to understand women of the future.” Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Feminism, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. This is can often be miscommunicated as women attempting to become superior to men. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, there are extremists in every community but when did wanting equality for all become such a taboo subject? Feminism should not be defined by or limited to stereotypes.
Women currently hold less than a third of high power jobs and are still earning less than men in 90% of all sectors according to Gov.uk. As the first female artistic director at Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri is truly a leading figure in fashion and gender equality. With her first haute couture collection debut in Paris, France, Chiuri took the opportunity to put her stamp on the Dior that we all know and love. Taking inspiration from strong women such as fencing athletes and novelist and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Adichie wrote the essay “We should all be Feminists.” The title of which can be seen as a printed slogan T-shirt featured in the collection and styled with an embellished, sheer maxi-skirt over boxer style shorts and trainers. The collaboration between comfort and style is a significant feature this season which is a step in the right direction for high fashion. This is a key example of fashion being used as a platform for knowledge and empowerment, beautiful garments portray elegance but also deliver a very important message on gender equality. We can wear beautiful, wearable and comfortable clothing and embrace our femininity whilst still be strong and respected women.
A portion of the proceeds from the T-shirt will be donated to Rhianna’s non-profit organisation, The Clara Lionel Foundation. This allows them to continue supporting and funding education, health care and emergency response programs in lesser economically developed countries. Consequently, Chiuri represents the ideologies of modern day feminism as support is not subjective, but available for all those in need.