Women Fashion Power

Design Museum London showcases influential women's dresses

Mansfield suit worn by Margaret Thatcher when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.

Mansfield suit worn by Margaret Thatcher when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party. Photo Christie’s.

From Elizabeth I to Margaret Thatcher, Coco Chanel to Lady Gaga, the clothes women wear have always been a powerful form of self-expression and part of a sophisticated visual language.

The exhibition Women Fashion Power looks at how influential women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world. The exhibition celebrates exceptional women from the spheres of politics, culture, business and fashion – forward thinkers who have had an impact on our wardrobes and the world stage.

Bringing together clothing, photography, archive footage and interviews, Women Fashion Power  showcases twenty-six contemporary women – each of whom are contributing an outfit for display. As more women are holding office and being recruited into society’s most powerful leadership roles, the exhibition asks whether it is time to reassess the role of fashion in the public sphere – not a frivolous distraction, but an essential component of the working woman’s toolkit.

The exhibition with twenty-six outfits of contemporary women. Photo Mirren Rosie.

The exhibition with twenty-six outfits of contemporary women. Photo Mirren Rosie.

 

  • Design Museum
    Shad Thames
    London SE1 2YD, Great Britain
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