"It never crossed my mind."
With fashion month winding down, all eyes are focusing on an unexpected name entering the fashion sphere: Angelina Jolie. Earlier this year, she announced that she would be teaming up with beloved French fashion label Chloé for the first drop of Atelier Jolie, and in a new interview with Vogue, the Oscar-winning actress and newly minted fashion designer spoke about how her daughter Zahara helped her with one major part of the collection, suggesting that Jolie offer a signature piece in a wider range of colors.
Jolie spoke of her "trademark slip dress," noting that she'd never considered that some people could have difficulty matching a piece of clothes to their skin tone — until she went shopping with her daughter. Then, she realized that the entire fashion industry has a long way to go to be more inclusive of skin color.
“Obviously, as a white woman, I’ve never had this experience,” Jolie said. “It never crossed my mind until we went shopping together and I saw that there’s so much room for improvement.”
The capsule collection offers other ways for Jolie to shine a light on fashion, highlighting various artisans and craftspeople in her supply chain and showing other brands that ethical and responsible production can be an achievable goal. Vogue adds that "84% of the collection is made using sustainable and ethical materials."
Jolie also notes that the project has been a family affair, with Pax and Zahara heavily involved. Pax helped with creating the logo ("That was my son practicing,” Jolie says when Vogue's reporter noticed a stenciled pattern in the atelier.) and Zahara helped her mom with much more than simply suggesting more colors. Jolie said that motherhood played a role in her designs. Not only did she pull from her own mother's pieces by creating a version of her cape, Jolie notes that her kids shifted her outlook on everything, fashion included.
“My mother was a hippie — she called herself that, she was very proud. She didn’t shop a lot. She loved her velvets and her suedes. She never wore makeup, nor did she really do her hair. She wasn’t a flashy person — she was elegant, natural," she said.
“My entire life changed. Having children saved me — and taught me to be in this world differently," she added. "I think, recently, I would’ve gone under in a much darker way had I not wanted to live for them. They’re better than me, because you want your children to be."
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