The clothes that we have in our cupboards allow us to express our individuality, but that wasn't always the case. Fashion has had a long and interesting history that was once dominated by men. It has taken centuries for women fashion designers to pave the way.
Read on to discover who these incredible women were and how they shaped the world of fashion.
A Brief History of Female Fashion Designers:
- Fashion as an industry started in the 19th century when Charles Worth(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Frederick_Worth) began sewing his label into the clothes he created.
- The first fashion shows were organised by Jeanne Paquin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Paquin) during the 20th century, one of the first female couturiers and the first designer to open branches of her brand at international locations
- After WW1, women were granted more liberating clothing with corsets and other restrictive clothing being abandoned.
- After WW2, fashion became somewhat stagnant as the world tried to recover from economic troubles.
- During the '50s there was a period where designers looked to the past and created clothing with slender waistlines and flowing skirts but with a movement towards dressing less formally.
- From the '60s there was a shakeup in the world of fashion. Bright colours, mini skirts and clothing with a futuristic design became the favourite style across the world bringing a feeling of liberation for female fashionistas.
- By the '70s, the focus shifted to punk fashion, radical fashions and tie-dye with bell-bottom jeans. For the first time in history, youths began to really express themselves through their fashion choices.
- During the '80s the youth sought to flaunt their professional positions or impersonate their music and sports idols by mimicking those styles. This created an era of broad shoulder pads, jumpsuits, and square-cut bell-bottom office with grunge and athletic wear showed off in social settings.
- During the '90s the name of the fashion game was simple comfort; colour pallets become soberer compared to the '60s-'80s and make-up started to follow the rules of 'less is more'.
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Female Fashion Designers Who Transformed the World of Fashion:
- Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel is famous for helping women cast off the constraints of corsets and other restrictive clothing and saying hello to comfort and style combined. She was the inventor of the LBD (little black dress), the classic Chanel suit and a range of beautiful fragrances.
- Vivienne Westwood
Westwood has always been a punk at heart and helped to carve out the style identity for the punk movement. Her edgy style and belief for dressing to express yourself allowed for millions of youths to follow their own clothing choices.
- Mary Quant
The originator of the miniskirt, Quant is immortalised for creating original clothing that was both stylish and affordable to young women. She inspired people to have fun with their clothes and defined what could be found in wardrobes during the '60s.
This Women's Day we pay tribute to the women who inspired fashion and liberated women across the globe to give us the freedom to express ourselves through our clothing.
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