Consent was top of Dior’s agenda at Paris Fashion Week

Consent was top of Dior’s agenda at Paris Fashion Week

Fewer than 24 hours after Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape in Manhattan, Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri made a powerful statement about consent and women’s rights, at the brand’s Paris Fashion Week show.

Showing at the Jardin des Tuileries, the Dior set featured a newsprint floor, while the room was strewn with bright and bold “illuminated manifestos” created by feminist and conceptual artist Claire Fontaine.

Models wear creations for the Dior fashion collection during Women’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21, presented in Paris (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Models wear creations for the Dior fashion collection during Women’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21, presented in Paris (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

The neon phrases included ‘Patriarchy kills love’, ‘Women’s love is unpaid labour’, ‘Women raise the upraising’, ‘Patriarchy = Co2’, and most pointedly, considering the #MeToo movement and the Weinstein conviction: ‘Consent’.

It’s not the first time Chiuri – Dior’s first female director – has used feminist slogans in her designs; remember the white tee that said ‘We Should All Be Feminists’? While the Dior haute couture show in January took artist Judy Chicago’s question: ‘What If Women Ruled the World?’ as inspiration.

However, some have found a luxury fashion house using ideas around consent and feminism as a way to sell and market clothes, uncomfortable:

While others have fully welcomed the show’s message – and appreciated the clothes:

Sigourney Weaver, Demi Moore, Carla Bruni, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Rachel Brosnahan all watched from the sidelines, while the clothes themselves were laden with 1970s vibes, and laced with notes of resistance and rebellion in their construction – loose, relaxed tailoring for women was a radical departure at that time from rigorously ‘feminine’ silhouettes.

From left, Sigourney Weaver, Maya Hawke, Rachel Brosnahan, Demi Moore, and Cara Delevingne applause at the end of the Dior fashion collection during Women’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris (AP Photo/Thibault Camus/PA)
From left, Sigourney Weaver, Maya Hawke, Rachel Brosnahan, Demi Moore, and Cara Delevingne applause at the end of the Dior fashion collection during Women’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris (AP Photo/Thibault Camus/PA)

There was also fringing and flares galore, silken bandanas in models’ hair, and baker boy caps, while checks – in red, white and black – ruled supreme.

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