Maria Grazia Chiuri Receives The Swarovski Award For Positive Change

Maria Grazia Chiuri Receives The Swarovski Award For Positive Change

Bridging fashion and feminism.

The 2017 Fashion Awards took place on Monday, December 4th, and this year continued the recently introduced Swarovski Award for Positive Change. The award recognizes and celebrates “individuals who have made a positive impact on society, the environment or both, and forms part of Swarovski’s efforts to promote a more sustainable future.” Artistic Director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, was set to receive it, and hers is a name worth remembering.

The award is of heightened significance this year, with a year having passed since the 2016 U.S. election and the political climate teeming with a variety of issues, women’s rights being ever-prominent. Chiuri recognizes her value in the industry, particularly being that she is the first woman to hold the title of Artistic Director for Dior. Her efforts have been notable, in that she strives to strengthen the link between feminism and fashion.

Her Spring/Summer 2018 line garnered attention for a series of striped shirts featuring the title of Linda Nochlin's 1971 essay, “Why have there been no great women artists?” Nochlin’s essay is a provocative and well-renowned commentary on the fact that art has been a task largely owned by the white, male, middle-class, and that the opportunities for women to take part in it have been too historically infrequent for them to make a name in it. The fact that Chiuri chose Nochlin's words for her clothing line is demonstrative of a change, both in the awareness of Nochlin’s issue and in the implications of it. She posits that patriarchal ideations have been so long-held that they are both within and around the female, and that never limiting oneself while also finding strong female support systems, is crucial to escaping those ideations.

While Chiuri doesn’t label herself an activist, she notes that Dior must be a brand of female empowerment. While she pays great respect to Dior’s traditional appeal and the nostalgia that the vintage work of the line brings, she argues that it doesn’t speak to contemporary female life. “Only with flowers?” she asks. “It’s not enough.”

Per her understanding, there is the common misconception that "the designer has to understand the women." Chiuri states, "Sometimes we have this message that the designer was a revolutionary. No, sorry. It was the woman that changed, and the designer understood and changed the line." She stresses the generational implications on fashion and holds that the current one demands value and flexibility.

Chiuri’s work is a force to be reckoned with, and there is hope that designers will note her progress and follow the trend. Female empowerment IS positive change.

Cover Image Credit: Christian Dior / YouTube

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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I Took A Trip To The Marc Jacobs And Moschino Design Studios

A week of fashion.

I must admit, this week was kind of crazy. With graduation occurring for city colleges throughout this week, I knew I needed to make it to New York City, but had no clue how I would find a hotel on a week like this one. It was Sunday when I sat by the computer in hysterics over the number of hotels I couldn’t find, and knowing I had to be in the city for Tuesday—I searched for hours until I found one in Long Island City.

After finally being able to catch a breath, my last minute trip to the city was booked, and I had two days left to be filled with extreme anticipation.

After about two hours of sleep, I stepped onto the bus Tuesday morning and was kind of freaking out. In a day I would step foot into Marc Jacobs office, to be guided through his design studio. With no coffee in sight, I must have fallen asleep extremely quickly, because before I knew it I was in New York City.

After hailing a cab, I was soon in Long Island City, ready to relax and order take-out. It was a much-needed day of relaxation—as the next three days would accumulate 14 miles of walking and very, very little sleep.

I woke up the next morning with the help of my own alarms—as the lovely front desk forgot about my wake up call. Love it! I still woke up at the perfect time—that being about four hours before I had to be Manhattan to visit Marc’s office.

As the trip to his studio was only about a 20-minute taxi ride, I sat in a Starbucks for a half hour until my friends showed up—where we all began to freak out with excitement. Being fashion design majors, you can expect how we all felt at this moment.

The studio was gorgeous. With large white walls, beautiful collections, and a great depth of design rooms—my heart was throbbing, and I was truly in my element. I walked through the design studio, soon entering the room where all the garments come to life.

With rows of sewing machines, a wall filled with a rainbow of overlock thread, and Marc’s garments in the process of making throughout the studio, I felt like I was back on the fashion floor of the Syracuse University Warehouse where I spent most of my time this past year.

The tour ended with gifts—which neither of us was expecting, and you will likely see me strutting with my Marc Jacob’s backpack very, very often.

After parting from the amazing people met at the Marc Jacobs studio, I spent a few hours eating in Little Italy, and then was off to my next endeavor with my friends from design: Moschino’s showroom.

The showroom was a palace. As it is actually a renovated house in the heart of the city, you can only imagine how stunning it is. As we were directed through each floor, I was so excited to enter each of them, where rows of Moschino’s past collections stood.

The creativity within the work is impeccable, and both myself and my friends were inspired more than ever.

As this week was encased in fashion-related experiences, these experiences ended with me wanting more and more clothes, and there was just about nothing that could stop me from shopping. Within a few hours, my arms were filled with bags, but I promised myself I would accomplish one more thing.

As I am constantly traveling to the city, it was time to finally familiarize myself with it—or at least do my best to. After turning off the Maps app, I began wandering through the city, discovering so many things I had no idea existed. With my awful sense of directions, I knew with the downtime I then had, it must be spent doing just this.

I must say, I think it worked!

I went to bed that night wanting nothing more than an ice bath—having no idea that missing the gym for nearly eight months would make my legs feel this way. Honestly, the thought of the gym really hasn’t crossed my mind for the first few months of the first semester of college.

Constantly being extremely busy, the gym really hadn’t crossed my mind until I was wandering through the city streets with aching thighs and calves, understanding that this is the most I’ve “worked out” in a little too long.

All-in-all: shopping in the city will always be worth the leg pain, so I was totally OK with it.

The next couple of days in the city involved much more walking, and a non-stop schedule while working the Syracuse University fashion show—but I’ll save that for next weeks article.

Just know, as of now, I’m still in awe of the Marc Jacobs and Moschino studios—and my crazy fashion designer self will probably still be thinking about it for months ahead.

Cover Image Credit: Chandler Burke (me)

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