Nigerian writer and feminist icon, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has inspired yet another powerful woman with her brilliant 2013 We Should All Be Feminists TedxEuston talk – which Beyoncé famously sampled on her pop hit, "***Flawless".
This woman is none other than, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s first female creative director in its 70-year history. Adichie was Chiuri's insipiration for her ready-to-wear spring 2017 collection and show at Paris Fashion Week.
With one model rocking a t-shirt with the words "WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS", Adichie seated in the front row, and the models hitting the runway to the sounds of Adichie's rousing talk, we can say that Chiuri created an unapologetically feminist affair.
For seven decades, Dior has been run by a steady stream of men: from Dior himself and his successor Marc Bohan to Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano and Raf Simons. Until finally, Chiuri, who arrived after a successful run at Valentino.
According to the Washington Post, Chiuri said in her show notes:
"I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today"