The exponential rise of female empowerment is soaring today’s societal spectrum. Socially speaking, a shift in dynamic roles is being witnessed. It is no doubt that feminism is an underlying topic and resource for collections- including Chanel, Prabal Gurung and Christian Dior (“We Should All Be Feminists” shall we?)- with their less than subtle usage of slogan messaging. It is not just through activist-driven collections and empowering, delivered campaigns that the strength of women is ultimately recognized, but rather through the female stance in the industry.
Whilst a collection of female designers have been immortalized in the industry, the multiplying presence of female roles are significantly increasing. Women have taken the helm of major Houses, as well as cultivated a surge of success surrounding independent female designers, including Simone Rocha and Victoria Beckham. For decades, Sonia Rykiel and Vivienne Westwood reigned as galant, assured forces in the industry- a reign succeeding visionaries such as Jeanne Lanvin and Coco Chanel- whereas today a roster of female talent, in which Miuccia Prada may very well be captain, shows no bounds as an influential, persistent team hosts recruitment open to all.
Miuccia Prada and Diane von Furstenburg are legendary manifestations of directional vehicles, paving paths for the future. Maria Grazia Chiuri made history as she was appointed creative director at Christian Dior, the first female to take this role in the company’s existence. As of recent, Chloé’s Clare Waight Keller has confirmed her position as Givenchy’s artistic director, following Riccardo Tisci’s memorable reign. Senior director of Louis Vuitton, Natacha Ramsay-Levi in return has acquired Keller’s previous seat at Chloé.
As a female focus remains more prevalent than ever, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the theme for its upcoming exhibit and Met Gala: Rei Kawakubo/Commes de Garcons. Marking the second exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to solely examine the work of one living female designer, the velocious momentum of female is solidified. For forty years Kawakubo has challenged the social constructs of fashion, while driving Commes de Garcons to remain ever-relevant and modern. Through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s affirmative decision to portray Rei Kawakubo in the way of an exhibit, the industry is not only honoring a mind that has constantly pushed boundaries, but highlighting what it means to be a woman in the fashion industry.
Through the industry’s contemporary stance, made more vocal than ever, the momentous direction of female empowerment possesses a strong semblance of optimism, with a constructive eye towards the future.