|Skin - Skunk Anansie|
As the press release says, "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."
You can also add female musicians to that roll call as figures such as Skunk Anansie's 'Skin' is just one of the iconic women donating a piece of clothing and her philosophy on personal style to this upcoming exhibition at London's Design Museum.
Designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the display will explore how fashion has been an important tool for women in self-expression and empowerment, helping to build reputation and assert authority.
It will feature exclusive interviews, archive photography and film footage, and historic pieces of clothing such as Yves Saint Laurent's most enduring and powerful creation, ‘Le Smoking’ suit - based on the man's tuxedo, re-interpreted in 1966 as an alternative evening wear option for women against the ocean of frills and flounce that came before it. 'Le Smoking' continues to inspire designers in the 21st century.
|Image 'Le Smoking' © Helmut Newton|
Other women who feature in the exhibition include Natalie Massenet MBE - Founder and Executive Chair of NET-A-PORTER and Chair of the British Fashion Council, Joan Burstein - Founder of Browns, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Livia Firth - Creative Director of Eco Age, Naomi Campbell and Dame Zandra Rhodes.