We Should All Be Feminists

Dior’s t-shirt that displayed the simple sentence…We Should All Be Feminists was a powerful statement.  Fashion tells a story.  Our wardrobes represent who we are.  Our clothes represent our behavior, how we are feeling and it also represents the times we live in.

History has made a direct impact on the fashion industry.  During WWII there wasn’t enough fabric so the style was simple.  Those luxurious fabrics were scarce and so clothes were made with rayon.  After WWI the hemlines dropped into the fun and fiery flapper era before the financial crash and in the post hemlines dropped. The economic boon of the 50’s was very glam and the styles reflected that with A-line skirts and form fitting clothes.  Hippie wear took over in the 60’s with mini and maxi-skirts.  The clothes were more free-flowing and that represented the shift in the 60’s taking place.  The 70’s became more glam with the disco era.  More women joined the workforce in the 80’s and the clothing of straight broad-shouldered conservative suits came onto the scene.

I have followed the fashion world as long as I can remember.  Designers are saying something with the clothes they are designing this season.  The mood of the globe is weighing heavily on their decisions.  Clothes were gender-neutral, there was also an ode to military looks and lots of female power suits.  But what was the most powerful was that designers were not only making a statement with their clothing line but with words and the music being played at the shows.

I have always been a fan of the t-shirt with a saying.  Seeing the designers forge together to make a statement about their state of mind is empowering to the fashion world who has always represented the times we live in.