Dior’s Artistic Director was awarded for her contributions to the fashion industry by France’s Secretary of Equality Marlène Schiappa in the setting where Maria Grazia Chiuri presented her Haute Couture collection earlier that day.
Maria Grazia Chiuri presented with Legion D’honneur award in France
Not long after presenting her Haute Couture collection in the French capital for AW19, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri was presented with something very special herself. Returning to the set of her Ancient Greece-inspired collection, Chiuri made history herself by being granted the Legion d’Honneur award, the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits.
Surrounded by family – husband Paolo, son Nicolo and daughter Rachele – friends and industry peers, Chiuri accepted the award after a ten-minute speech from Marlène Schiappa, the country’s Secretary of Equality. The carefully-researched performance cited the fashion designer’s feminist take on fashion. Not only is Chiuri the house’s first female Artistic Director, but she has made feminism a constant throughout her collections.
Her first collection in the role read the slogan ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ as a homage to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay from 2014, and earlier this year the Italian designer was inspired by feminist poet Robin Morgan with a tee that read ‘Sisterhood is Global.’
In her speech, Chiuri sent a message to young girls to believe in themselves and follow their instincts.