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  • “Women Fashion Power” exhibition at the Design Museum of London

  • “Women Fashion Power” exhibition at the Design Museum of London

  • “Women Fashion Power” exhibition at the Design Museum of London

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Women Fashion Power exhibition at the Design Museum of London

A new exhibition at the Design Museum of London explores the way women have used fashion in order to express themselves and define their role in an ever changing socio-political, cultural and economic reality. Titled “Women Fashion Power”, the exhibition spans over 6,500 square feet, covering women’s fashion evolution over the last 150 years. Co-curated by fashion historian and journalist Colin McDowell and Donna Loveday, head of curatorial at the Design Museum, and designed by Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the famous Pritzker Prize, Women Fashion Power brings together unique historic pieces of clothing, archive footage, photographs and interviews by more than 20 women, from Vivienne Westwood and Naomi Campbell to Zandra Rhodes and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, which were asked to contribute an outfit for display and share their fashion philosophy.

Among the highlights of the exhibition, one can find a series of 1930s clothes and accessories owned by Elsa Schiaparelli, a “Le Smoking” suit designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966, the blue Mansfield suit worn by Margaret Thatcher when she was elected leader of the Conservative party in 1975, a punk wedding dress from Zandra Rhodes’ 1977 ‘Conceptual Chic’ collection and the Jacques Azagury dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, on her 36th birthday.

Women Fashion Power raises questions on the rise of women in contemporary power roles and the relationship between fashion and the public sphere, showing that, far from being something frivolous, fashion is a key component of the working woman’s toolkit. “This exhibition shows how women have used different approaches to dress in order to make statements that are unique to them and their personalities,” explained McDowell. “Few of the women in this exhibition would see themselves as fashion plates — or even strong fashion followers. They create their own wardrobes in order to demonstrate who and what they are.”