The need for more diversity in fashion is so frequently glaring and so very frequently written about. Sometimes it seems like things are deliberately destined to never change. And every now and then there’s a shining breakthrough, that you hope heralds a new day in fashion and beauty and fills your heart with optimism for the industry.

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The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale, is such a breakthrough and made me feel all of those feelings.


Ava DuVernay is the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and here she’s created a fashion film unlike anything I’ve seen before. The Miu Miu approach with the Women’s Tale series has been entirely refreshing, and The Door is the most groundbreaking in my opinion.

The short film stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer-songwriter Goapele. It features music by independent artists Emanative, Dezaray Dawn, P. Furey and Goapele. The Miu Miu Spring 2013 collection is shown off by this who’s who of Black Hollywood, and the storyline they wordlessly emote is one that every woman can identify with.

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We’ve all been on the dark side of the door. And we all have yearned to walk through to the other side. Miu Miu describes this on their site as “a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change.” And Ava DuVernay elaborates: “Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.”

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Thank you Miu Miu and thank you Ava DuVernay for making such a beautiful film.

And keep in mind, this is the 5th such Miu Miu video. Click here to watch:

#1 – The Powder Room by Zoe Cassavetes

#2 – Muta by Lucrecia Martel

#3 – The Woman’ Dress by Giada Colagrande and

#4 – It’s Getting Late by Massy Tadjedin.

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Check out this amazing behind the scenes video where the actresses discuss what The Door is all about.



Read more via about The Door on Jet, Huffington Post, and ChiTown Fashionista.



pets says:
February 17, 2013, 3:30 pm
Interesting concept - women and especially those of colour need to create their own projects to put us out there for all to see and become aware. Kudos.
Debo says:
February 22, 2013, 2:32 pm
This was so beautiful! Thank you Afrobella, you continue opening my mind to new experiences, artists and insight! I shared this video with my nieces and sister. I'm SO glad I found your site!!
MsXpat says:
February 24, 2013, 11:52 am
Imagery alone speaks for itself! Thanks for sharing :)


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