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Jessica Chastain Wears Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” T-Shirt at Cannes

She dressed up the graphic tee for the red carpet too.


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As one of the jurors at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain has been one of the most regular presences on the red carpet. Throughout the festival, she’s worn a variety of glamorous gowns by designers like Givenchy and Alexander McQueen, but on Wednesday, the actress stepped out in a decidedly more casual look than any she has worn to the myriad red-carpet events she has been attending. In cropped black pants, a graphic tee, and black heels, the Chastain kept her look classic and timeless, but she made a bold statement all the same. Her top wasn’t just any old tee—it was the much-talked-about “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt that graced the Christian Dior‘s Spring 2017 runway in September, for designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first collection for the fashion house.

In addition to the now-famous tee, Chiuri sent other graphic tops down the catwalk during that premiere show that read “Dio(r)evolution.” Her message was clear, and she used fashion to send it out to the world. The designer spoke with W Magazine about the driving force behind that collection, saying, “I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today. Fashion that corresponds to their changing needs, freed from the stereotypical categories of ‘masculine/feminine,’ ‘young/not so young,’ ‘reason/emotion,’ which nonetheless also happen to be complementary aspects.”

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 24: Jessica Chastain is spotted at Hotel Martinez during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 24, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)

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Since then, celebrities and street-style stars alike have snatched up the top, wearing it with nearly everything in their wardrobes. Karlie Kloss was spotted in NYC styling the tee with jeans and a bomber jacket. Rihanna took to Instagram to promote the feminist message, pairing her runway top with a blazer and boyfriend jeans. Camille Rowe even fashioned a high-low look, mixing her graphic top with an embellished evening skirt for an after-hours event in February. You can shop the top for yourself, here.

Though Dior’s feminist tee might just be the most popular among the celebrity set, this past runway season was rife with political statements that continued in Chiuri’s wake. Designers such as Public School and Prabal Gurung paraded politically charged messages down the catwalk, ranging from feminism to body positivity to election messages and everything in between. This surely isn’t the end of the political state of the fashion industry—and Chastain’s latest Cannes look is making sure of that.

Bella Hadid, Jessica Chastain, and Elle Fanning Lead the Charge at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Bella Hadid in Alexandre Vauthier and Bulgari at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Marion Cotillard at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Robin Wright in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Julianne Moore in Givenchy couture at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace and Bulgari at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Marion Cotillard in Y/Project at the photocall for Ismael’s Ghost at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Elle Fanning in custom Vivienne Westwood at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Aymeline Valade in Pallas at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Susan Sarandon in Alberta Ferretti at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Naomie Harris in Gucci at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Jessica Chastain in Roksanda at the jury photocall at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab couture at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Director Maren Ade at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, center, in Saint Laurent at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Hailey Baldwin in custom Twinset at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Daria Strokous in Dior at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Emily Ratajkowski in custom Twinset and Bulgari at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Sara Sampaio in Zuhair Murad couture at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Eva Herzigova in custom Roberto Cavalli at the premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts opening the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Uma Thurman in Giuseppe Zanotti ready-to-wear and Tod’s at the premiere of Loveless at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Julianne Moore in Chanel couture at the premiere of Wonderstruck at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Amber Valletta in Mulberry at the premiere of Wonderstruck at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Elle Fanning in Temperley London at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Adriana Lima in Naeem Khan bridal at the premiere of Loveless at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Emily Ratajkowski in Brock Collection at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at the premiere of Wonderstruck at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Thylane Blondeau in Michael Kors Collection at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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Sara Sampaio at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.

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