In what one suspects is a first, a new clothing collection from Dior involves the title of one of the most famous and seminal essays of postwar art history, Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” The article appeared in the January 1971 issue of ARTnews magazine, and its headline is now emblazoned on a striped shirt that Sasha Pivovarova wore down the runway in Paris, according to Vogue.
All those in attendance at the show reportedly received a copy of Nochlin’s essay. A representative for Nochlin said that she was aware of the plan and had given it her blessing in advance of the show.
An excerpt of Nochlin’s essay:
The question “Why have there been no great women artists?” is simply the top tenth of an iceberg of misinterpretation and misconception; beneath lies a vast dark bulk of shaky idées reçues about the nature of art and its situational concomitants, about the nature of human abilities in general and of human excellence in particular, and the role that the social order plays in all of this.
Dior’s designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, has said that the new collection, Spring/Summer 2018, was also inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Nana” sculptures.