For most women, they simply do not just wear clothes—that blasé term does not justify the amount of time and effort put into each outfit. When women dress themselves, it is a creative way to express confidence, and most importantly, convey who they are. That is the exact message award-winning architect Zaha Hadid wanted to deliver while designing the London’s Design Museum’s newest exhibition “Women Fashion Power,” which was opened to the public on October 29, 2014.
The exhibition, also curated by fashion expert Colin McDowell and the Design Museum’s Donna Loveday, displays articles of clothing from 26 notable empowered women from all over the globe. Distinguished clothing accessories from the past 150 years such as corsets, shoes and headpieces, will also be displayed throughout the exhibition.
According to the Design Museum’s website, Women Fashion Power “offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.”
Women who donated clothing to Women Fashion Power include Vivienne Westwood, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Anne Hidalgo—the current mayor of Paris—who also helped unveil the exhibition.
Besides clothing, Women Fashion Power will also include quotes, interviews and photos of women who did not contribute clothing, but have worn prominent fashion pieces throughout the years, such as Hilary Clinton and Joan of Arc. The exhibit will also show a seven-minute film created by Ruth Hogben.
“This film takes the fashion and removes it from the context of the body. It allows the viewer to focus on what these women wear and the importance of the advice they give, rather than how their figure looks in clothes,” Hogben explains.
Notable pieces included are Margaret Thatcher’s blue Mansfield suit and the black Jacques Azagury dress worn by Princess Diana.
Women Fashion Power will run until April 26, 2015.
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