Berlin Film Festival's red carpet dress code encourages women to ditch low-cut gowns and high heels
The Berlin Film Festival is feeling the trickle down effect of the #MeToo movement.
The #MeToo movement which began with one activist - Tarana Burke – has now found its way across the world, empowering women all over to stand up to their harassers. It has also empowered women to fight not just individual perpetuators of sexism, but also the systematic sexism that subjugates women from all walks of life.
The symbolic baton of feminism is currently in the hands of the women attending the Berlin Film Festival, which begins on Thursday, February 15. Much like the black dresses at the Golden Globes and the white flowers at the Grammys, the Berlinale red carpet will see a dress code in tandem with the #MeToo movement.
The women attending the red-carpet event for the Berlin Film Festival are being encouraged to dress comfortably. This means potentially ditching the spanx and low-cut dresses for homely PJs and pinching heels for slippers. The point is to let the woman decide what she wants to wear to the event and let her work speak rather than her red-carpet look.
"The international resonance that #MeToo has been met with has quickly made it obvious that the problem is not confined to Hollywood," the festival organizers said in a statement.
"Across the world, the individuals affected by such abuse have found the courage to go public with their stories."
Unlike Cannes, which had a compulsary high heels rule in the past, Berlin never had any dress codes. This move is merely a reminder for actresses that they can be as chic and as unique as they want to be.
German actress and screenwriter Anna Brüggemann who launched the campaign #NobodysDoll, which is all about "asking when does a woman become that object that men feel they have the right to take for themselves, to decide everything from how she looks, to how low-cut her outfit is," has already promised to rock a comfy casual look at the film fest.
“Women are expected to squeeze into tight-fitting, low-cut dresses and totter on impossible heels in order to serve the gaze of those who’ll judge whether they are marketable or not,” Anna tells The Guardian. “It’s time we had different images to look up to, of headstrong, unconventional women.”
“When #MeToo happened and all these beautiful Hollywood actresses said, ‘It’s time for more equal rights, and we should all be feminists,’ I thought, well, equality begins when we women really stop thinking about our bodies as something we have to improve," she says, elaborating on how her campaign is all about taking back the power over own's body from the men who seemingly thing they have a right to say what goes and what doesn't.
So, you are welcome to wear anything you want on the red carpet, even low-cut gowns, "if that’s your thing. The main thing is that the actress feels comfortable in it," says Anna.
She is joining in the venture by fellow-actresses such as Lavinia Wilson, Franziska Weisz, and Palina Rojinski, who are all hugely popular in Germany.
People worldwide have taken a note of this move by the Berlin film festival, have given their nod of approval. We can only hope the trend spreads over all entertainment industries and award functions.
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