Women @Dior: La Maison Opens Its Doors To Female Students
PARIS, France — Maria Grazia Chiuri, the creative director of the maison, launched on September 2016 in her first Dior Collection iconic t-shirt “We should all be feminists.” Becoming one of the principalof gender equality and female empowerment both on and off the runway.
This year, in celebration of its 70th anniversary, and to coincide with International Women’s day on March 8th, the Parisian maison launched Dior’s first mentorship programme: ‘Women@Dior’ — a 12 months long project that pairs female Christian Dior employees with female students interested in their space of experience.
“We wanted to celebrate International Women’s Day, and we quickly decided we should be empowering the young”
says Emmanuelle Favre, senior vice president of human resources.
The mentorship programme launched in Paris in March, when female students from Ecole Centrale, Institut Français de la Mode, Polytechnique, HEC, Olivier de Serres and Panthéon-Assas College, amongst others, have been invited to tour the maison’s atelier and head workplace, together with the model’s newly opened state-of-the-art archive facility: Dior Héritage.
The 12 months long programme seeks to empower young girls to attain their professional ambitions by pairing them with Christian Dior workers who will present face-to-face careers recommendation and steering as soon as each three months. “We want to coach them very early, at the beginning of their careers or even at school, in order for them to build their self confidence, and to build a network, these are two very important levers in getting ahead in one’s career,” continues Favre.
A world mission, ‘Women@Dior’ is designed to allow cross cultural, cross generational and cross purposeful interactions. “Young women need to personal their skilled future, to be guided, and to share generously their expertise,” says Karin Raguin, director of expertise improvement at Christian Dior. On the time of writing, the mentorship programme has been prolonged to embody 200 feminine college students and 10 international cities, together with London, Shanghai, New York, Dubai and Tokyo.
For Favre, the advantages to each Christian Dior and the mentees are clear. “It is a way of showing them the professions of the business, and to show them that even as an engineer or a scientist there is a role for them in a company like Dior.”