The fashion industry has a corporate responsibility to promote feminism/gender equality, as shown in The Chanel Spring 2015 show. Yes, I know, i'm late and you may be wondering why on earth is she speaking about it NOW? but in the words of Emma Watson I thought: if not now, when?
Feminism is defined as: the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Just to clear the air, as for some reason Feminism is also seen to the public as man hating (which isn't true). Fashion is in the front line in promoting these ideals, as it involves both men and woman and most of the time sets the standard for social stereotypes.
I am pleased to see such big designers taking the front line for promoting woman's rights and gender equality, as the fashion industry hasn't had the best past regarding woman's body image. It may be debatable, I've read many articles which slams this but the way I see it? is that it's illustrating to younger woman that feminism is okay, and its cool to stand up for yourself, so while people can sit and argue that the fashion industry is simply pulling a publicity stunt? they are casting a stone into the water and causing ripples (I got that quote from tumblr and found it fitting i'm not ashamed).
"Really, the condescension some people direct at fashion is just unbearable. I've got a speech I trot out now, when someone throws shade on what I do, and it goes like this: We all have bodies; we all wear clothes; we all have reflections that vex us; we all exist in dynamic relationship to our communities, and fashion is a medium for testing or strengthening those bonds. It's a vehicle for self-expression, and—to flex some of the old WomenSpeak patois—anyone who diminishes the significance of that is carrying water for the patriarchy, deferring reflexively to those thousands of years of human history when men got to decide what was frivolous or not. You know what's frivolous? Fantasy football. Fashion is a multibillion-dollar industry that touches craft, identity, dreams, and art."- (http://www.style.com/trends/fashion/2014/finding-feminism-in-fashion)The fashion industry is starting to show regular woman as models, healthy and happy woman setting a realistic standard and embracing every body shape. Its showcasing woman in fashions outside of the stereotypical norm as well as men, telling the public: wear whatever the hell you want, not what you're expected to wear. Which, to me, is helping to promote feminism.
Magazines like Nylon Magazine/ Nylon Men have always celebrated those who dress for themselves and not for anyone else, they have their own fashion with breaks sexist stereotypes, they have always inspired myself to not really care what anyone else thinks, and to not judge anyone else.
a guy wants to wear pink? DO IT
a woman wants to wear a tux? GO FOR IT
Silly little stereotypes which prison gender equality are being broken and daily I see more and more people embracing who they are despite what sex they are. It may seem so insignificant to bigger issues like equal pay, but the fashion industry has the power to make a start, its causing a slight stir that will hopefully create a domino effect in breaking the stereotypical barriers society has made for genders, and that could potentially help in breaking larger stereotypes which hinders woman.