Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female Creative Director of Christian Dior, was also acknowledged for her contributions with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change, celebrating her great efforts in bringing feminism to the forefront of fashion and creating a global conversation supporting the importance of female empowerment. The award, presented for the first time last year to the late Franca Sozzani, recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on society, reflecting Swarovski’s endeavors towards a more sustainable and inspiring future. The award was one of the three special recognition awards, which also saw Pat McGrath recognized with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and Stella McCartney celebrated with the Special Recognition Award for Innovation.

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