A closer look at The Design Museum's 'Women Fashion Power' exhibit

A closer look at The Design Museum's 'Women Fashion Power' exhibit

Who run the world? Girls.

London’s Design Museum is now hosting an exhibition that looks at the last 150 years of fashion, showcasing the most powerful women in fashion and the statements they made through their designs until April 26

Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, and and co-curated by Colin McDowell and Donna Loveday, head of curatorial at the Design Museum, Women Fashion Power, brings together exclusive interviews, multimedia elements and historic pieces of clothing to form the most wide-ranging showcase of modern fashion ever to be shown in England. The exhibition displays iconic items from 19th century corsets to a 1966 Le Smoking suit from Yves Saint Laurent

With 26 contemporary women featured in the exhibition, each fashion icon has contributed an outfit for display as well as sharing their personal style ethos, from Diane von Furstenberg, Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes to Charlotte Olympia and HRH Princess Charlène of Monaco.

Alongside the designer showcase, Ruth Hogben will also be showing a seven-minute film, "This film takes the fashion and removes it from the context of the body. It allows the viewer to focus on what these women wear and the importance of the advice they give, rather than how their figure looks in their clothes. Fashion is not a frivolity, it is an armour. It should be used to elevate rather than disguise oneself." explained Hogben. 

A closer look at The Design Museum's 'Women Fashion Power' exhibit (фото 1)

Zandra Rhodes

Additionally, some innovative fashion talks will feature: 'Harper's Bazaar on Women Fashion Power' will see Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Justine Picardie hosting a panel discussion about how successful women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world, with another talk with one of the most creative designers in the fashion industry, Roksanda Ilincic. Fashion historian Amber Butchart will also be curating a programme of three talks on power, dress and culture, titled 'Faith, Fashion and Power in Muslim Dress'. 


Watch a teaser for Ruth Hogben's film below:

Highlighted timings for The Design Museum talks:

*Harper's Bazaar on Women Fashion Power takes place on November 11 at 19:00.

*Harper's Bazaar talks to Roksanda Ilincic takes place on December 3 at 19:00.

  • *Faith, Fashion and Power in Muslim Dress takes place on January 21 at 19:00.

Women Fashion Power will be running until April 26, 2015 at The Design Museum in London. For more information visit