Taking Center Stage
Let me break the historic world of creativity down for you in a handful of words.....it is very male dominant. However, my amazing female colleagues, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, architects and every woman (and girl with a dream!) in between are starting to take the center stage. And, I am sitting front row loving every minute of it!
You see, I like to consider myself to be a girl’s girl. I shout it from the rooftops these days because I grew up rolling around in the dirt. Ok, not really but I was definitely a tomboy. As i have gotten older, I have learned that once you find that group of girlfriends who understands you, accepts you, embraces you, and encourages you, there is nothing better in the world. Needless to say, I hold my posse of girls close to my heart. They know all my secrets, have seen me at my worst, and seen me at my best. We know exactly how to pull each other out of funks and bad days by simply engaging in our over the top (and somewhat vulgar) text message chains. What can I say? I love a girl with a really good and really raw sense of humor! #JerseyGirl
With all our LOL texting aside, I am also proud to say that each and every one l of my gal pals are strong, smart, and successful women. So, when we read the blogs or hear the news about other women moving up the latter, you better believe we are doing virtual high fives to one another. It is good to see good women succeed.
Today, I celebrate the "TWO MARIAS" who have recently taken the creative world by storm in becoming the first women to lead their creative organizations into a new future.
MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI
Most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri was named the first female creative director of Christian Dior, the famed French fashion house. Chiuri left her co-director position at Italian designer Valentino and ended her artistic collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Chiuri and Piccioli took over the helm of Valentino from its founder Valentino Garavani in 2008 but the pair have worked together for over twenty years. Together they maintained the label's high reputation but also turned it into one of the industry's most profitable and fastest growing brands.
"When you listen to a woman talk about a woman, whether it is her body or her lifestyle, her work, the way she travels, what she needs, it is not conceptual," said Sidney Toledano, CEO of Dior. "It is practical. Maria Grazia is very practical: very straightforward, very clear, and she has no fear."
Historically, fashion has been an overwhelmingly female arena of interest. The majority of fashion bloggers, students, and shoppers are women. Yes, there has been Coco Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Donna Karen, Stella McCartney and so on, but the truth is - it is still the men in the industry that have ruled the roost.
So, let’s just say Chiuri’s announcement was music to my fashion ears!
Maria Grazia Chiuri was not the only female (or Maria for that matter!) making headlines. Just this past week, Tate Modern museum confirmed Maria Balshaw is to become one of the most important figures in British arts.
She is the first woman to be appointed director of Tate - ever!
Thank you for inspiring us. We can’t wait to see all the amazing work you will continue to create.