Marchesa gowns absent from the Oscars red carpet

 Why Women in Hollywood should be wearing Marchesa to the 90th Academy Awards.

 

 

Sienna Miller in Marchesa at the 2007 Golden Globes

Sienna Miller in Marchesa at the 2007 Golden Globes, ELLE UK

 

 

It was disappointing to see that zero women in Hollywood were brave enough to wear a Marchesa gown to the 2018 Oscars Academy Awards.

What ever happened to #WomenSupportingWomen?

The Harvey Weinstein scandal shaking up the world

The Harvey Weinstein Scandal shook the world, but as shocking and horrific as the allegations were, the scandal opened up a whole new medium for talk and change. Women in all fields of work were no longer shutting up on matters of gender inequality. Time was up.

I have grown up inspired by female leaders all around the world, women in business, women in managerial positions, and of course the beautiful women in Hollywood who have achieved enormous success in their careers. In particular, these women who are in positions of power and whom are utilising their status to drive global change.

I admire these women from afar; not only because they have fought their way to the top, rather that they have been awarded a voice; to share their opinions and to be listened to. With this, they have an incredible ability to inspire others – this we have seen through the Times Up movement, driven by the women of Hollywood and trickling down through many male dominated industries.

 

Oprah Winfrey, 'a new day is on the horizon' speech

Oprah Winfrey, ‘a new day is on the horizon’

 

Marchesa’s absence on the Red Carpet

Although not surprised; I was disappointed to read, following this year’s Golden Globes, zero women made the brave decision to dress in Marchesa. Previously the label of choice, Marchesa was a hot Hollywood favourite that powered the red carpet for over a decade.

An article posted to US Today shared the insights of Jessica Morgan, co-founder of celebrity fashion blog Go Fug yourself, who suggested, “Wearing Marchesa at this point in time could be read as tacit support of Weinstein at worst and complete ignorance of the news at best, and neither is a good look.”

In quick response; yes, wearing a Marchesa gown to the 2018 Golden Globes and Academy Awards would open any individual up to potential criticism for wearing a gown that could be seen as a representation of what is known to be the highest degree of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the history of Hollywood.

In my opinion, to dress in Marchesa was a missed opportunity to be brave, to stand together as females and shine a new light on Marchesa, a female run fashion house. Reversing every inch of negativity associated with the label that has become the result of unforgivable actions by a man that has held no part in the creativity of Marchesa’s stunning designs year after year.

With the 90th Oscars Academy Awards taking place just one week before International Women’s Day, a Marchesa featured red carpet could have been a social movement of our time, right up their with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements; sky-rocketing across the globe and impacting the lives of so many.Despite the ongoing scrutiny, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Founders & Creative Directors of global luxury design house Marchesa, have come out on top. These women continue to release beautiful pieces each season, designing new and inspired collections amidst the chaos and putting all they have into keeping the fashion house alive.

 

Anne Hathaway at 2008 Oscars in Marchesa

Anne Hathaway at 2008 Oscars in Marchesa, ELLE UK

Women Supporting Women

With the 90th Oscars Academy Awards taking place just one week before International Women’s Day, a Marchesa featured red carpet could have been a social movement of our time, right up their with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements; sky-rocketing across the globe and impacting the lives of so many.Despite the ongoing scrutiny, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Founders & Creative Directors of global luxury design house Marchesa, have come out on top. These women continue to release beautiful pieces each season, designing new and inspired collections amidst the chaos and putting all they have into keeping the fashion house alive.’

Just one female dressed in Marchesa would have been a stand-alone action, resembling women who continue to work their asses off, despite having hit absolute rock bottom in both their business and personal lives.

Let us not forget that it was Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig who founded Marchesa together, building an empire from scratch. These women are the business, brains and creativity behind Marchesa’s feminine and intrinsic designs, not Harvey Weinstein.

You can take a look at Marchesa’s Spring 2018 collection here.

Marchesa is the epitome of not giving up

Because despite the ongoing scrutiny, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Founders & Creative Directors of global luxury design house Marchesa, have come out on top. These women continue to release beautiful pieces each season, designing new and inspired collections amidst the chaos and putting all they have into keeping the fashion house alive.

 

Marchesa Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear, Vogue.

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