Chloé’s Gabriela Hearst is on a mission to open a floodgate of creative conversation on the state of women’s representation in fashion. The Saint-Tropez-based designer and entrepreneur has spent the last seven months charting the women who inspire her—sisters whose power and drive matter—and has invited them to meet with prominent fashion figures in the industry for frank talks. Hearst is still collecting stories, but the first result of this initiative is in her excellent new documentary, “Women of Chloé: A Diary.” Hearst is sharing an exclusive clip with us.
“I was always taught that when you’re lucky enough to have something really great in your life, you have to share it. I was taught to share my life experiences and share my opinions, because that’s how you change the world,” Hearst says in the clip. “Women of Chloé,” she explains, is an opportunity for women to “to share their stories and have them heard from other women and to understand the places where the pressure is.”
Hearst first caught the world’s attention as a model and photographed only for men’s magazines as she went from a mid-western obscurity to an international sex symbol. But the unrelenting pressure—along with the sexualized imagery her photographs gave off—generated more pressure on Hearst as she pursued a career as a successful designer. Hearst stepped away from the modeling industry and slowly began to mine new ways to transform the fashion industry to, she says, “create more and more women.” The three women she surrounds herself with—both in Chloé and off the runway—continue to inspire her. This month, Hearst launched a “Women of Chloé” Instagram account to share more behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, and in March, she will release a book about those women.
Read the full story and learn more about Hearst’s groundbreaking documentary at the project’s website.
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