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Katharine Hamnett at a reception with Margaret Thatcher, 1984 Wearing her own T-shirt emblazoned with “58% Don’t Want Pershing” as a protest against US missile plans, the fashion designer used the T-shirt to make a political statement in front of the then-prime Minister. Sharon Stone at the Oscars, 1996 The actress defied everyone’s expectations when she attended the Oscars wearing a turtleneck and a long-sleeved coat, proving that actresses don’t need to wear slinky designer gowns to go down in fashion history. Emma Watson’s first UN speech, 2014 The actress had a touch of Jackie O as she called on men to join the fight for equality, launching the Heforshe campaign. The hourglass-silhouette dress, paired with clean hair and makeup, was a fresh look for 21st-century feminism. Beyoncé and her dancers at the National Football League’s Super Bowl, 2016 Putting the issue of racism on the most-watched stage in the US, their costumes were a nod to the Black Panthers and the fight against racial discrimination. Michelle Obama’s final state dinner, 2016 Talk about going out with a bang. The former US First Lady said goodbye to the White House in an Atelier Versace dress that reflected both her love of fashion and what seemed to be a dazzling celebration of the significance of her time as the first AfricanAmerican First Lady.