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Guests arriving at the Dior show stopped to film the installation at the center of the runway: nine life-size bamboo sculptures by Indian artist Shakuntala Kulkarni that looked like full-body armor.

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection was about a different kind of shield: the outfits that women adopted in the ‘60s as they made their first steps into careers in roles traditionally dominated by men.

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That era’s sexual revolution was accompanied by a transformation of luxury fashion, as made-to-measure haute couture gave way to off-the-rack clothes that women with independent incomes could buy for themselves.

Her lineup for fall channeled the era’s mix of confidence and ease with buttoned miniskirts, belted trenchcoats and slouchy pantsuits in a mostly monochrome palette. Black patent leather buckled boots with gold ball-shaped heels added a kinky edge to ladylike knee-length wrap skirts and boxy checked coats.

Back in the day, Yves Saint Laurent was the standard-bearer of the burgeoning women’s liberation movement with his provocative sheer designs, currently on show at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris.

But Chiuri wanted to pay tribute to the quiet revolutionary then at the helm of Dior — Marc Bohan, who in 1967 introduced the brand’s first ready-to-wear line, Miss Dior, itself the subject of a recent temporary exhibit at La Galerie Dior, the museum space at its historic flagship.

“His work at Dior was underestimated in some ways, but I think that it was very crucial,” she said in a preview. “He understood that women at the time were in a moment where they wanted to change their style of life. His dialogue was with the daughters of the clients at Dior.”

She lifted a slogan-style Miss Dior logo from a vintage scarf that prefigured the student protests that rocked Paris in

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In an exhibition space in a lower level of the Metropolitan Museum of Art lives a fashion oasis entirely devoted to the genius of women. When viewers first walk into “Women Dressing Women,” they are met with dazzling evening gowns by iconic fashion designers, displayed in a dark room with lights only illuminating the garments. A moody playlist ripples throughout the space, adding to the atmosphere established by the decor.

“Women Dressing Women” takes a comprehensive look at the history of fashion from a feminist perspective. The show, curated by Mellissa Huber, an associate curator at the Met’s Costume Institute, and Karen Van Godtsenhoven, highlights over 70 female designers that have contributed to The Costume Institute’s collection, a department of the museum entirely devoted to fashion. 

The Met’s director and CEO Max Hollein stated in a press release that “Women Dressing Women will also continue the Museum’s dedication to amplifying historically underappreciated voices while celebrating the work of those who have become household names.” 

The large exhibition is divided into four subsections: anonymity, visibility, agency and absence/omission.  

The anonymity section is devoted to the forgotten women in fashion from the early 1900s. In Europe, women were not always allowed to make garments — this was a “slowly earned privilege,” according to the exhibition label. Over time, European women, particularly in France, fought to expand their rights to work in the industry. Meanwhile, in the United States, garment work was disregarded as a domestic task whose importance went unrecognized by the public. In both cases, it was uncommon for clothing to be linked to specific designers and dressmakers. Even when designers were recognized, nobody else in the garment-making process was, excluding the recognition of those like millworkers, seamstresses and more. 

This section of the exhibition doesn’t include specific works of clothing,

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In November 2023, TikTok user @adownif3rta posted the first known ‘Reluctant Bride’ meme: “literally me when i’m right”. The still image was accompanied by Verdi’s brooding Dies Irae (meaning day of wrath) from his Requiem of 1874. The post built up over 1 million likes in 10 days, and the trend quickly picked up speed, with the painting becoming representative for all women who have been spoken over, aggressively flirted with, or had their intuition questioned.

The captions added over the top of the image included “learn how to forgive and forget” replied with “eldest daughters: never” , “why is somebody like you single?” answered with “you’re gonna see in a minute, hold on.” , and “you look so unapproachable” “and yet, here you are”.

The Reluctant Bride - "literally me when i'm right" -@adownif3rta

The Reluctant Bride – “literally me when i’m right” – @adownif3rta, 2023

But who is the woman who has become a spokesperson for women’s experiences of everyday sexism? The painting La Fiancée Hésitante (1866), known as the The Hesitant Fiancée or The Reluctant Bride was created by French Academic genre painter Auguste Toulmouche. The painting is thought to have been exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1866 and the Exposition Universelle in 1867.

The bride is sat in her wedding gown with her bouquet in her lap, attended by two women who hold her hands, one of whom kisses her forehead. To the right, a younger girl looks in a mirror and holds the bridal orange blossom headdress. The work is interpreted to take place in the moments before the bride’s arranged marriage – a common practice in 19th century France among the wealthy classes – and the women are her bridesmaids, encouraging her to go through with it.

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Women and girls have been competing with unrealistic beauty standards their whole lives. Throughout my 18 years of life, I’ve seen many trends rise, fall, then slowly disappear.  

This year, many women aim to achieve “the clean girl aesthetic.” The clean girl aesthetic is meant to highlight your natural beauty with minimal makeup. Other things go along with this aesthetic like slicked back hair, basic clothing and minimalistic accessories. This aesthetic doesn’t seem to be an issue when just looking at the surface level facts but, in reality, it’s unrealistic to many.  

The clean girl look doesn’t necessarily work for those with acne-prone skin, freckles and people without disposable income to throw away products. The look of a “clean girl” is pricy, even though it’s supposed to enhance your natural self. If the point of it is to highlight your natural beauty with makeup, why not just keep it all-natural to truly emphasize one’s beauty?

Many of the brands used and clothes worn by those achieving this aesthetic are quite expensive. Brands like UGG and Dior are often prevalent. This isn’t to say you can’t achieve the look if you’re purchasing off-brand clothes or cheaper makeup, but social media influencers touting themselves as “clean girls” often opt for the pricier option — and encourage their thousands of followers to do the same.  

I’ve tried many times to achieve the “clean girl” look, but it just does not work for me. I don’t look great with slicked back hair and the clothes and makeup are out of my price range. No matter how hard I try to achieve the look, I’m always unsuccessful.  

Even the name of this aesthetic being “clean girl” doesn’t sit right. If

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Black Coffee tells the story behind his shirt worn for the Madison Square Garden concert on Saturday night, 7th of October. The clothing was designed by Mike Amiri, and he also shared a video clip revealing the making of the shirt. The DJ ensured that the three women who raised him were embroidered and beaded into the clothing.

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“For me, this is such an important piece for myself because I am literally carrying my people to Madison Square Garden,” Black Coffee said. The piece is these three women, one Zulu woman and two Xhosa women. The one in the middle younger, that being my mother. You know being who I am in the family, I wanted to preserve the history of our family,” he added. Amiri says he is honoured to work with the DJ, knowing that its a special piece for him.

“I was really humbled that he will reach out to me to partner with him on creating a look for such a special performance. One of the best feelings I get in creating, is putting something together with this much meaning and that’s this important to someone. He’d showed me a painting that reflected them, and I wondered was there a way to incorporate that,” the designer said. Music legend, Oskido who flew to New York to attend the concert also gushed over the heart-warming shirt.

“realBlackCoffee pays homage to the three women who raised him, his mother and two grandmothers before he goes on stage at the world’s most famous arena, 20,000 capacity Madison Square Garden in New York City, US,” Oskido wrote.

In other news – Big trouble for Nhlanhla Mafu’s ex-husband, TK Nciza as bank comes for his R1.3million luxurious Mercedes-Benz

Gauteng ANC provincial secretary Thembinkosi “TK” Nciza is among millions of South

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“Kinshasa” dress, Anifa Mvuemba (American, born Kenya, 1990) for Hanifa (American, founded 2012), fall/winter 2020–21 “Pink Label Congo;” Purchase, Millia Davenport and Zipporah Fleisher Fund, 2023

Photo: Anna-Marie Kellen© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The exhibition will take place across many of the Costume Institute’s galleries in chronological order, from the anonymous dressmakers of the early 20th century to the designers who worked in Paris for the women of society through the globalization and democratization of fashion that began in the 1960s and remains still to this day. Included are women like Adèle Henriette Nigrin Fortuny—wife of Mariano Fortuny and an experienced dressmaker who helped construct his designs and was instrumental in the creation of his famed Delphos pleated gown, first introduced in 1909—as well as Ann Lowe, an African American woman born in Alabama in 1898 the granddaughter of an enslaved woman and a plantation owner, who went on to become a celebrated fashion designer in the early 20th century and who created Jacqueline Kennedy’s gown for her wedding to John F. Kennedy. That is one of the most influential dresses on one of the most iconic women in American history, yet its maker has not become a household name despite the cult status surrounding the creation, even as now we live in a culture that thrives on unearthing and celebrating these unsung heroes.

Huber’s statement continued, “In recognizing that the contributions of women to fashion are unquantifiable, our intention with this show is to celebrate and acknowledge through a focus on the Costume Institute’s permanent collection, which represents a rich timeline of Western fashion history. We hope that this exhibition will foster impactful conversations between our visitors and across the designers’ larger bodies of work, highlighting the plurality and diversity of women’s important contributions to the field.”


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SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— A two week pop-up in Santa Barbara called “The Dichotomy of Laundry” takes a fresh look at a serious topic.

After the supreme court’s historic overturning of Roe V. Wade, local artist Colleen M. Kelly channeled her pain and anger into a thought provoking exhibit that is getting people to think about a woman’s right to choose.

“It’s such an individual choice. I mean, every person who experiences pregnancy and decides to have an abortion, it’s not an easy decision. To take that right away from them is just horrific,” said Silo 118 Gallery Owner Bonnie Rubenstein.

“The Dichotomy of Laundry” draws attention to what has historically been the central domain of women— doing laundry.

“There’s the idea of laundry as a playful space running through, you know, children, running through them, playing in between the hanging sheets,” said Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Melinda Palacio.

But laundry also has a dark undertone here.

The exhibit features laundry lines with paper clothing and linens.

“The red symbolizes blood and the white is the sheets… to introduce other colors which might have been distracting. So and she wanted people to focus on the dresses and the sheets,” said Rubenstein.

Messages like “SOS” are etched into the paper clothing. Dashes and dots are burned into Gampi paper in a pattern intended to resemble Morse code. It’s all a part of a united cry for help.

“They give a story of all the different ways that women have lost their agency and different ways that women‘s rights are have been eroded and the the trauma that comes with that,” said Palacio.

Hangers are an important motif here.

“Women used to used to have abortions with coat hangers. They would find any means possible to have an abortion if

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Everything new in women’s fashion this May 2023 that we’ve had our eyes — and our hearts set — on.

This month, we asked the heavens for the assistance of fashion’s heroic muses – and, lo and behold, these silk-clad Valkyries marched down from the sky, with leather capes flowing like mighty flags, cavalier boots shining like polished marble and metal cuffs coiled around their wrists.

Shop: New in Women’s Fashion this May

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Shoulder pads upon shoulder pads, hoods plunging into vertiginously low necklines and an elusive air of regal suavité are the attributes employed by Anthony Vaccarello for his Saint Laurent spring/summer 2023 collection. His runway heroines become knights readying themselves for battle with leather for armour and silk for chainmail.


The esteemed status of extreme maxi bags has remained a subject of infatuation in high fashion, and Boyy has taken this romance to new heights. Its Bobby edition boasts vast pockets and buckles the width of the Nile, along with a spacious structure that could easily carry the weight of a toddler – or maybe even two.


Around 100 years ago, Coco Chanel freed women from the oppressive confines of corsets and emboldened them with trousers. Today, MONSE has created a daring convergence between the two extremes by perfectly merging function and allure with its corset trousers. They softly hug the curves of your waist while also letting sheer panels peek out beneath as you walk by – an essential instrument of modern teasing.


Balenciaga’s Cagole boots invite you to become a chivalrous knight of old while – somehow simultaneously, embarking on a journey to the boundless frontiers of space exploration. Two disparate realms united by a single pair – made from iridescent ivory arena lambskin with fastenings like thimbles –

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