New Book ‘Her Dior: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s New Voice’ Celebrates Female Photographers
Above image by Alique
As the first female creative director for the House of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri recognized the power and influence she would have in shaping both the iconic brand and its portrayal of women. Beginning with her first collection for the venerable French fashion house, for Spring of 2017, she signaled her commitment with her statement-making t-shirt, “We Should All Be Feminists,” inspired by Nigerian author and feminist icon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chiuri’s ongoing exploration of femininity and its relationship to feminism has led to an evolution of the brand’s ethos expressed through design and representation of women both in front of and behind the camera.
Her vision now comes to life in a breathtakingly beautiful anthology, Her Dior: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s New Voice. The 249-page tome celebrates the work of thirty-three women photographers representing different cultures, ages, and artistic visions – among them, Brigette Niedermair, Nan Goldin, Sarah Waiswa, Fabiola Zamora, and Sarah Moon. Within the pages, Chiuri explores the complexity of the female gaze in photography and how the narrative of femininity is depicted in images taken through a woman’s lens.
Chiuri explains in the book’s foreword, “My dream, my aspiration is that we women should look at each other with our own eyes. And this is also why I believe it is so important to use a woman’s eye in the images that talk about all of us.”
The striking photographs showcase her haute couture and ready-to-wear collections over the last four years alongside thought-provoking quotes and poems from Judy Chicago, Claire Fontaine, and Linda Nochlin, which illustrate the visceral connection between femininity and feminism to which the author ascribes. Most poignantly, the book is released to the world just in time for International Women’s Day (today, March 8), as an homage to the diversity of beauty and its theme #ChooseToChallenge – which is a call to speak out about gender bias and inequality and celebrate women’s achievements.
Images by, from top: Vanina Sorrenti; Maya Goded, Fabiola Zamora