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Women Fashion Power at London’s Design Museum
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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.

Ribbon Corset, 1904 Corset with bones at the sides and front, usually worn informally or for sport. This example formed part of the wedding trousseau of Elsie Winifred Gledhill, bride of Reverend Francis Rawson Briggs. Ivory silk satin ribbon, trimmed with a satin rosette. The Bowes Museum

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Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition brings together exclusive interviews, an immersive multimedia journey and unique historic pieces of clothing to form the most wide-ranging presentation of modern fashion ever to be shown in the UK. Discover how women from Dame Vivienne Westwood to Natalie Massenet and Princess Diana to Anne Hidalgo have used fashion as an important tool of self-expression and empowerment to build reputation, attract attention and assert authority.

Actress, Camille Clifford 1905 Danish-born Clifford (1888-1970) won a U.S. magazine contest sponsored by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson to find a living embodiment of his Gibson Girl drawings. Clifford’s trademark style was a long, elegant gown wrapped around her tightly corseted, eighteen-inch waist. W & D Downey/Getty Images

Clifford’s trademark style was a long, elegant gown wrapped around her tightly corseted, eighteen-inch waist. W & D Downey/Getty Images

Pictured, Mary Quant having her hair cut by hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, 1964 Ronald Dumont/Getty Images

Pictured, Mary Quant having her hair cut by hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, 1964 Ronald Dumont/Getty Images

 St Michael News Supplement: Great Expectations, Autumn/Winter 1970 Marks & Spencer Company Archive Margaret Thatcher, elected in 1979, was Britain’s first female prime minister and served three consecutive terms in office. Following her election, she underwent a subtle, but noticeable, makeover and her personal style was honed to reflect her political determination. Suit worn by Margaret Thatcher, 1972 Designed by Mansfield Jade green wool suit composed of jacket and silk topped dress with tie neck and belt, the jacket piped to match the bodice. Christie’s Punk was born almost simultaneously in London and New York in the summer of 1976. London’s first punks were disaffected suburban youth who congregated around Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s boutique ‘Seditionaries.’ Punk was an anarchic style, which deliberately set out to shock. Pictured, a Vivienne Westwood portrait by Christian Shambenait Christian Shambenait For those punks who didn't buy designer clothes, punk clothing was often made or bought from second hand, army surplus, or sex shops. Both genders wore tight black trousers teamed with mohair sweaters, leathers customized with paint, chains, metal studs, zips, safety-pins and razorblades. Hair was styled into dramatic spikes with faces in white makeup, black-rimmed eyes, dark lipstick and black nails. Pictured, Zandra Rhodes, another punk fashion designer Gene Nocon During the 1980s, women were entering the white-collar workforce in unprecedented numbers, pursuing careers in finance, law and other fields once the exclusive province of men. The ‘power suit’ reflected women’s emerging status in the workplace. The female power suit was

St Michael News Supplement: Great Expectations, Autumn/Winter 1970 Marks & Spencer Company Archive

Pictured, all-in-one, knitted wool, 'fashion' catsuits designed and modeled by Shirley Beljon, left. (1968)

Pictured, all-in-one, knitted wool, ‘fashion’ catsuits designed and modeled by Shirley Beljon, left. (1968)

Suit worn by Margaret Thatcher, 1972

Suit worn by Margaret Thatcher, 1972

Photography: Richard Hubert Smith

Ben Wiseman, Photography: Richard Hubert Smith

Vivienne Westwood Photography: Richard Hubert Smith

Vivienne Westwood
Photography: Richard Hubert Smith

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