Fem­i­nist fash­ion state­ments

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1850s The bloomer or ‘free­dom’ dress was a less re­stric­tive op­tion for women.

1912 The power of the pout! Eliz­a­beth Ar­den handed out red lip­sticks to Suf­fragettes march­ing in New York.

1920s Com­fort was in­trin­sic to Coco Chanel’s chic. She did away with corsets, of­fer­ing women the same flex­i­bil­ity as men.

1960 1960s A re­jec­tion of a re­strained, re­stric­tive def­i­ni­tion of fem­i­nin­ity, the miniskirt was a sym­bol of cul­tural re­bel­lion.

1966 Any­thing men can wear women can wear bet­ter. See: Yves Saint Lau­rent’s ‘Le Smok­ing’ tuxedo, which riffed on the men’s clas­sic.

1974 Diane Von Fursten­berg’s jer­sey wrap dress rep­re­sented sex­ual lib­er­a­tion. ‘If you’re try­ing to slip out with­out wak­ing a sleep­ing man, zips are a night­mare,’ she quipped.

1980s Shoul­der-padded jack­ets be­came the ar­mour of the glass ceil­ing-smash­ing ca­reer woman.

2016 Maria Grazia Chi­uri un­veiled her S/S ’17 In­sta-bait ‘We Should All Be Fem­i­nists’ T-shirt, bor­row­ing the words from Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie.

2017 Mil­lions took part in the Women’s March to protest Pres­i­dent Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, many wear­ing Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman’s ‘Pussy­hats’ – a ref­er­ence to Trump’s ‘grab them by the pussy’ com­ments.

2018 The Golden Globes’ red-car­pet black­out was a pow­er­ful ges­ture of sol­i­dar­ity for #Metoo.

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