International Women's Day
Today is International Women’s Day. What does this mean to you?
It’s a day of celebration and thanks to all of the women who have fought for equality for women in our society and all of the women who are still fighting!
How do you celebrate and empower women through your clothes?
The female form, psyche and the role we play in society is something that has always intrigued me. A large part of what I do as a designer is about creating sculptures on the female form and I believe your clothes are truly the first conversation you have when you meet people, before you’ve even said anything.
Historically, the representation of women has evolved to both subjugate and empower us. For me, liberating women of the need to dress for other’s and to dress for ourselves is the start of us having freedoms to say what we need to say.
Who are the women in your life who have had the most profound impact on you?
Of course, my mum. It’s incredible how layered the relationships are between daughters and their mothers, and mine was next level! From being a feminist, businesswoman, creative and philanthropist, she had so much inspiration to share.
My friend Bridget Brandon is like my mother earth. We share all our strengths and vulnerabilities and the journeys they take us on. We eat out of her ceramic bowls and cups every night, and her spirit is always around us.
We have a ritual around chai tea and playfulness of card games. I hope to be as playful and wise when I am her age!
I would also say Anne Hollander, for her insight into the evolution of fashion, art, and the role that the clothes play in society.
What would you read to celebrate International Women’s Day?
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem and Vagina, Naomi Wolf.