The Christian Dior fall 2018 collection was the biggest political statement of the season. The entire collection and set design delivered a new wave of feminism inspired by the 1960s student protests and the women’s rights movement.
The prestigious fashion show took place on the grounds of the Rodin Museum in Paris on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Its set design was decorated with collages of torn magazine covers from the late 1960s and political slogans such as, “Women’s rights are human rights” and “I am a woman” and “Miniskirts forever,” according to The New York Times.
Dior is the first high-fashion brand to speak up about modern social and political issues through its collection, which are timed well due to today’s political climate.
“I thought it was so interesting to see fashion listening to women. And there is something about how that is similar to 1968,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri, the creative director of Dior.
Chiuri is the first female designer of Dior and she continued the theme of feminism throughout her collection. She debuted her first political message to the runway in fall 2016 with her “We Should All Be Feminists” shirt to emphasize female empowerment. She also opened her fall 2018 collection with a sweater that reads “C’est Non, Non, Non, et Non,” which translates to something similar to the #MeToo movement.
Chiuri brought back protest-inspired pieces, school uniform pieces and feminine pieces onto the runway to support youth culture and what it represents: freedom and independence.
Fashion is all about expression, and when brands like Dior publicly speak up about such issues, it becomes a social phenomenon — it becomes a conversation.
Fashion influencer Aimee Song said she loved Chiuri’s collection because everyone should be awake and discussing these issues.
“A lot of designers like Maria Grazia Chiuri, since the minute she became creative director of Dior,” said Song. “She was always using the runway and her collections to send a message about women empowerment and I think it’s so important.”
Chiuri is always trying to address younger customers, yet still upholding the high-fashion elements of Dior. It is okay to mix politics with fashion because fashion allows everyone to have a voice.
Starting with a fashion powerhouse like Dior, women empowerment should be celebrated. Women’s rights are human rights. Everyone should be proud to call themselves a feminist because it simply means one believes in gender equality. Women deserve the same rights as men do and women should keep on fighting for their rights.
The fashion industry should speak up and empower women. Influencers should empower one another and spread the new wave of feminism. Women’s rights should be celebrated at Paris fashion week.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating women any day, anywhere. Whether it is at Paris fashion week or in Washington, women’s rights should be celebrated everywhere. It is timeless.