With visions of strong, powerful women dominating the Spring runways—along with feminist statements both explicit and not—I ponder fashion’s lean-in moment for Bergdorf Goodman’s Spring 2017 issue.
You would have thought that in 2016, in an industry such as fashion—built, with no disrespect to men and children, on the glamour and drama of women’s wear and the bells, whistles, smoke and mirrors surrounding its shows—a female designer at the head of a major house would be no big deal. An assumption, really. And yet last September, Maria Grazia Chiuri punched through fashion’s own glass ceiling with her debut collection at Dior—the first time in the storied house’s 70 years that a woman was in control.
And what was her message?