Maria Grazia Chiuri, as tells it, was keenly aware of launching a couture collection made by women — she worked with female artisans at the Chanakya School of Craft in Mumbai — and inspired by a female Ukrainian artist (Olesia Trofymenko’s Tree of Life work) at a time when women’s health and reproductive rights are under siege. Chiuri’s take:

“We are super worried because the USA represents freedom and human rights, so we are really worried in Europe,” she said. “We look around us at what’s happened and we are super scared and we want to fight for it, because we believe in human rights.


“We are living the moment where we want to be optimists, but sometimes, we are negative. [Dior is] a global brand, our stuff is super huge, we have a lot of young people that are really fragile in this moment. So I think that we have to be optimistic, but at the same time, we have to try to make something, probably a little step, that gives the people the optimistic idea that we can do something. Because that’s the thing: we are not to become depressed, because the risk is also that around the world.”

In a micro sense, that’s kind of why we’re still here, too. We all just… need to keep doing… something, in the day-to-day moments. Anything at all that exercises the parts of our brains that remember how to laugh or even just put one foot in front of the other, so that the magnitude of what needs to be done the rest of the time doesn’t sink us into a hole.

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