Sienna Miller's Schiaparelli bump moment represents so much more than a pregnancy style trend - here's why

sienna miller bump
sienna miller bump

Last week I was lying on my sofa, eight months pregnant, and dressed exclusively in oversized gym gear borrowed from my husband because in the famous words of Regina George, "sweatpants are all that fits me right now."

Scrolling absentmindedly on my phone I saw something that made me gasp in delight. A pregnantSienna Miller arriving at the Vogue Worldred carpet in a show stopping Schiaparelli ensemble. Her bare, sculpted baby bump was floating on a cloud of fabric in a vision reminiscent of some sort of renaissance painting. Soon after I saw the image, my phone began to light up with messages from various friends and acquaintances sharing the look in a buzz of excitement.This same buzz has also dominated much of the media coverage surrounding the event.

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Sienna Miller attends Vogue World: London 2023 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on September 14, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Sienna Miller attended Vogue World at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on September 14 (David M. Benett)

I think it’s important to note this isn’t the first example we’ve seen of this new wave of bold and empowering maternity dressing. Rihanna pioneered the bump-baring pregnancy aesthetic whilst she was expecting her first child with A$AP ROCKY last year, but what was first taken for granted as a mere trend seems to have cemented itself as something bigger. It feels as though there’s a fundamental shift occurring in the way pregnant women are being perceived in the context of fashion and the media. The narrative is no longer “she looked great in spite of her pregnancy” but rather, she looked great because of it.

Pregnancy is a time of enormous change. I’m not just talking about changes to your body, but also to your mind, your spirit, your very identity shifts (sometimes whether you like it or not). Even if you feel like the same person you’ve always been on the inside, society begins to treat you differently. Not necessarily the biggest issue but certainly one that adds insult to injury, are the compromises you have to make when it comes to presenting yourself to the world. The outdated, limiting and frankly un-chic maternity fashion rules of the past are an example of how this identity shift can be imposed upon you.

The reason these moments matter is because they filter down to the real world. The message we are now receiving is that pregnant women no longer need to conceal their bodies underneath boring maternity clothes. Instead, our glorious bumps should be shown off and celebrated. Also that pregnancy doesn’t render a woman unsexy or unable to steal the show at this month’s hottest red carpet event. Or for us mere mortals.. that there’s still time to change out of your husband’s XL sweatpants.