How the Dior runway turned into the woke catwalk

Welcome to the woke-walk! How the Dior runway was adorned with radical feminist slogans including ‘we are clitoridian women’ a day after Harvey Weinstein’s conviction

The Dior catwalk transformed into the ultimate path to female solidarityModels stormed the runway, illuminated against a series of feminist slogans ‘We are all clitoridian women’, referencing feminist Carla Lonzi, co-founder of the Feminine RevoltThe show, which took place today at the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, sent the clear message just a day after Harvey Weinstein’s conviction

The Dior catwalk transformed into the ultimate path to female solidarity as models stormed the runway, illuminated against the backdrop of a series of feminist slogans. 

Models kicked off the Christian Dior for Paris Fashion Week surrounded by neon signs with the messagers ‘Patriarchy kills love’ ‘consent’, ‘Women’s love is unpaid labour’ and ‘We are all clitoridian women’, referencing feminist Carla Lonzi, co-founder of the Feminine Revolt.

The show, which took place today at the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, sent a clear message just a day after Harvey Weinstein’s conviction.

The film producer, 67, was convicted of rape and sexual assault on Monday, but acquitted of the most serious predatory charges, a verdict hailed as a historic victory by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. 

The Dior catwalk transformed into the ultimate path to female solidarity as models stormed the runway, illuminated against the backdrop of a series of feminist slogans in Paris today

In honour of feminist Carla Lonzi, co-founder of the Feminine Revolt, one of the largest phrases illuminated in pink was tellingly ‘we are all clitoridian women’.

The Italian activist began writing about her experiences in her ‘diary of a feminist’ from 1972 to 1977, in which she wrote about female sexuality.

Carla wrote The Clitoridian Woman and the Vaginal Woman, and Other Writings in 1974, in it she explored the vaginal orgasm and claimed it was a myth that served patriarchy and the complementarity between women to men.  

Her theory stood in stark contrast to Freud, who once claimed that a woman’s clitoral (or clitoridian) orgasm was infantile and immature, and that a woman could reach adult sexuality, by finally obtaining a vaginal orgasm – and was otherwise ‘frigid’

Models kicked off the Christian Dior for Paris Fashion Week surrounded by neon signs with the messagers 'Patriarchy kills love' 'consent', 'Women's love is unpaid labour' and 'We are all clitoridian women', referencing feminist Carla Lonzi, co-founder of the Feminine Revolt

Models kicked off the Christian Dior for Paris Fashion Week surrounded by neon signs with the messagers ‘Patriarchy kills love’ ‘consent’, ‘Women’s love is unpaid labour’ and ‘We are all clitoridian women’, referencing feminist Carla Lonzi, co-founder of the Feminine Revolt

And the Dior show seemed to celebrate the verdict today, as the house’s first ever female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, it was ‘an important word for now’. 

It signaled that Chiuri would continue to explore her touchstone of feminism for her fall-winter 2020 designs. 

Who was Carla Lonzi? 

Carla Lonzi was a renowned Italian art critic who abandoned her career to found the Rivolta Femminile in 1970, a feminist group. 

From 1972 and 1977, Lonzi began writing about her experiences in her ‘diary of a feminist’, in which she wrote about female sexuality.



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