WOMEN, FASHION, POWER, SHOES

I spent an afternoon at the Women Fashion Power exhibition at London’s Design Museum, and was fascinated to learn more about how our clothing and position in society have been so entangled.

From corsetry to suffragette uniforms to 1980s club-wear, we follow the journey of women’s complex relationship with clothing which enhances, conceals or empowers.

I couldn’t help but share some of the footwear styles, which stood out either because of their beauty, shockingness, or cultural significance.

Intricate femininity

1920s

1920s – beaded and sequinned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimistic yellow x art deco

1920s - yellow satin

1920s – yellow satin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utilitarian meets reptile

1941 - snakeskin

1941 – snakeskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disco does ornate

1970s - lurex brocade platforms

1970s – lurex brocade platforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty power dressing 

1980s - yellow leather PJ Shoes

1980s – yellow leather PJ Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girly street

1988 - Art of Puma

1988 – Art of Puma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workwear for the recession

1990s - Dr. Martens

1990s – Dr. Martens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over-the-top luxury

2014 - Isolde by Christian Louboutin

2014 – Isolde by Christian Louboutin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique inspiration

1999 - Silk ottoman fabric with crystal buckle by Manolo Blahnik

1999 – Silk ottoman fabric with crystal buckle by Manolo Blahnik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artist

2007-08 - Watercolour, ink, pencil by Manolo Blahnik

2007-08 – Watercolour, ink, pencil by Manolo Blahnik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Westwood

2013 - Vivienne Westwood Red Label

2013 – Vivienne Westwood Red Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I highly recommend taking a couple of hours to see this exhibition for yourself, before it closes on April 26th 2015.

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