“Power dressing” is often a direct nod to the well-known 80s trend that encompassed business suits and sharp shoulder pads worn by women. This week however, Reinvent changes how you might view this idea by taking fashion cues from people who have influenced today’s kids at one point in their lives. These powerful women are a symbol of resiliency and self-awareness, and as such held dominion over their own lives in their own ways.
Fashion is a multifarious arena full of multifarious individuals. Many notable characters from this pool of people have sat front row, have plastered their faces on billboards, and have been muses and models to designers. But the reality of this system is: decades pass, trends go. The terribly fickle industry has washed off many people out of this system, leaving nothing – not even a partial understanding of their memory. However; every so often, a miracle, as you may call it, happens. A few characters, by their charismatic styles and uniqueness find their way against oblivion. These people are revolutionary, and so they shall be named: Fashion Icons.
Fashion innovations such as the new look by Dior, or the flapper dress by Chanel always came as an underlying protest against prevailing norms that were not favorable to women. So when Amelia Blooomer thought of making the Bloomer famous (a pair of pants worn underneath the skirt) long before these contemporary innovations, she decided that women should not need uncomfortable corsets and petticoats. Although this idea of ridiculous confinement in ridiculously underserving clothes are long gone, Bloomer’s efforts still transcend today as she is a prominent figure in the women’s rights movement. Without her and the courageous efforts of her colleagues, we would have been living differently, and probably less comfortable than how we are now.