Feminist fashion statements
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.