London Design Museum: Women Fashion Power

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The exhibition introduced a timeline of extremely powerful women, listing their actions and fashion choice.

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1850

Corset into the bra, the shirt, and then the Suffragette movement.

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1920-40

Fashion stores, the Great Wars, work opportunity, fibre invention, Chanel, the parisian ‘new look’, and growth in hollywood film popularity.

Topshop adopts many of the styles from the 1920’s.

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Theatre gown

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1920 topshop

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1950-70

Movie icons. ‘Teenagers’ boom. The ‘mod’ era- chic dresses, mini skirts, suits and psychedelic prints. Fast fashion’ boutiques.

Topshop uses a supermodel and 60’s reference.

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1950’s skirts
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Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

Magazines

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Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges dresses- early 1960’s.
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Mary Quant opens Bazaar on the King’s Road.
Twiggy Cara
Similar use of style by Topshop.

 

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Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Le Smoking’ suit .
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Topshop AW14 suit.

 

1970-90

Anarchy and reform, the first Female Prime Minister, the rise of the supermodel and the ‘grunge’ era.

Topshop sells biker jackets all year round.

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Punk

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Supermodels- 1990’s

Powerful Women

 

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Women Fashion Power

 

 

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