Clare Waight Keller makes headlines after her appointment as Givenchy’s first ever female Creative Director. Fresh off her departure from Chloé, Keller follows in the footstep of highly-acclaimed Riccardo Tisci. Her appointment comes in the same week as the latest Guardian Weekly‘s new issue, titled “Why Fashion’s Future is Female”. The shift signifies a new era in fashion, following New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman’s critic of the lack of women in the fashion industry. It’s official, women are taking over high fashion.
Below, the 4 women that are set to shape the industry in the years to come.
Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior
When Maria Grazia Chiuri was named Dior’s Creative Director in July 2016, she make history. Chiuri is the first woman at the helm in Dior’s 69 years of existence. Previously, she was best known for her ethereal designs at Valentino, alongside longtime creative partner Pierpaolo Piccioli. At Dior, Chiuri mixes the house’s iconic designs, namely the Bar jacket, with her signature romantic design and strong feminist vision. Her “All Women Should Be Feminists” t-shirt, inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous essay of the same title, creates social media frenzy.
Bouchra Jarrar of Lanvin
To replace Alber Elbaz, who was an applauded Creative Director at Lanvin for 14 years, would not be an easy task. After months of speculation, Lanvin announced Bouchra Jarrar, a rather obscure name for those whose fashion bible is Instagram. Although far from the spotlight, Jarrar packs a high-profile stints at Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga. Also, her namesake line is an official member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, making it entitled to use the often-misused term “haute couture”.
Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy
Clare Waight Keller’s Givenchy appointment (on Instagram, no less), besides making her the first female Creative Director at the house, also marks LVMH’s second female director appointments in short succession (following Chiuri at Dior). Keller left her top position at Chloé on a high note, with her swan song being the fall 2017 collection, shown at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. The show was attended by many strong female personalities, including Isabelle Huppert and Solange Knowles.
Natacha Ramsay-Levi at Chloè
When Natacha Ramsay-Levi was named successor to Keller at Chloé in January, there was no surprise of her being a woman. The French brand is ahead of the curve in terms of female at the helm, including Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo. Previously, she was Design Director at Louis Vuitton, working closely with Nicolas Ghesquière. She was also Ghesquière’s creative partner at Balenciaga.