Since assuming the role of Dior’s first female artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri has incorporated a feminist touch into all of her work. In her inaugural collection, models strutted the runway for Spring 2017 in “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirts, inspired by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay. Chiuri has since collaborated with a large number of notable female designers for her collections as well as her presentations.
Last year, for the Spring Haute Couture show, Chiuri called on feminist art legend Judy Chicago to pay tribute to “The Divine Feminine.” The uterus-like ensemble was adorned with a series of 21 panels featuring rhetorical questions such as “What if women run the world?” “,” Would there be violence? “” And “Would men and women be equal? in English and French. The inspirational banners were created in collaboration with The Chanakya School of Craft, a non-profit organization founded by Monica Shah and Karishma Swali in 2017, which empowers women artisans and preserves the crafts that are part of the cultural heritage of the India.
The Dior Couture Fall / Winter 2021-2022 collection was unveiled yesterday at the Rodin Museum in Paris, and this time Chiuri collaborated with French artist Éva Jospin for an immersive gallery experience. Entitled ‘Chambre de Soie’ (silk room), the work is a nod to the Indian-style tapestries in the embroidery room of Palazzo Colonna in Rome, and to the feminist manifesto of modernist author Virginia Woolfe, A room of your own. Jospin, who is known for her elaborate cardboard structures, envisioned a world of her own characterized by walls of foliage, boulders, and imaginary architecture.