Of course you remember that “We Should All Be Feminists” statement tee Maria Grazia Chiuri sent down the runway at Dior during her Spring 2017 debut. It was a nod to Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2012 TEDx talk and subsequent book-length essay of the same name. And while the bluntness of the slogan—especially coming from Dior’s first-ever female creative director—certainly got the fashion set talking, Chiuri received some backlash in regards to the motives behind the T-shirt, which retails for about $700 and felt, at least up until this point, a little bit like a pretty Band-Aid being slapped onto a bigger problem. Now, Dior seems to be putting its money where its mouth is, announcing a partnership with Rihanna to donate a portion of sales of the shirt to her charity, The Clara Lionel Foundation.
The news comes after RiRi—Manolo Blahnik designer and bedazzled flask enthusiast—was just named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University for her philanthropic endeavors, which include building nuclear medicine and oncology centers in her hometown of Barbados and creating a scholarship program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries. (She appeared on campus today to accept the award.) As if she couldn’t get any cooler, she also posted an Instagram last month sporting the T-shirt—in Timberlands and a pinstriped blazer, no less. The ‘gram must have been the inspiration behind Chiuri’s idea for the partnership, although it’s worth nothing Rihanna and Dior have worked together on campaigns and accessories in the past.
“Seeing artists such as Rihanna wearing the We Should All Be Feminists T-shirt showed me how important it is for women to advance their fight," the designer said. "My position in a house as influential as Dior, but also my role as a mother, reminds me every day of my responsibilities and the importance of my actions.”
The shirt is available for purchase in Dior boutiques worldwide and on Dior.com until May 15. (For those who subscribe to a strict, black-only wardrobe policy, an exclusive black version of it will be available at Saks.com from March 14 to March 28.) Might we suggest going full-feminist and sporting the tee on Gloria Steinem’s birthday on March 25?