Fashion lovers, if you’re in the UK, don’t miss the Women Fashion Power (Not a Multiple Choice) exhibition at the Design Museum, London, which offers a look at how powerful women—from models to designers to CEOs to princesses—have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.
Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid (the first woman to ever receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize), the exhibition brings together interviews, a multimedia installation, and unique pieces of clothing to form the most extensive presentation of modern fashion ever to be shown in the UK. What the show highlights most significantly is how women such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, Natalie Massenet (founder of net-a-porter.com), Princess Diana, and the quintessential 21st-century style icon Lady Gaga have used fashion as an important tool of self-expression and empowerment. Check out the short accompanying film made by Ruth Hogben below.
There are also a number of exciting side events. On February 23, at 7pm, fashion historian Amber Butchart guest-curates a talk by Lorene Rhoomes, the designer behind Akhu Designs, who will discuss textiles and dress in West Africa, followed by a head wrap workshop. On February 24, also at 7pm, there will be a talk with Dana Thomas, author of Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, who will be discussing how these two master designers changed the face of fashion and empowered women. And on March 10, at 7pm, join AnOther Magazine to celebrate the release of their Spring/Summer 2015 issue.
The exhibition continues until April 26, 2015. When you visit, make sure to stop by at the gift shop, which has a selection of super cute accessories, books, and objects of desire relating to the exhibition. We at SheRa Mag love the ‘Women Fashion Power’ pendant above. Designed by Tatty Devine, it’s a bargain at £24.
Title image source: Design Museum, taken from O2’s 4G advertisement, Nov 2013