Celebrate Trailblazing Women on International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day, a global holiday dedicated to celebrating women around the world. Today, women celebrate with their mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends, remembering what we have accomplished throughout history, and all we have yet to offer the world. Specifically, today we’re honoring women in fashion who have transformed the many ways women choose to express themselves, because we know that confidence often begins with our clothes.
These women, by changing fashion, really changed the way women interacted with the world, and how they became empowered to effect change. Mary Quant, for example, invented the miniskirt in the 60s, a garment that became a symbol of female empowerment. On the other hand, Coco Chanel remains an emblem of glamor by designing the Little Black Dress, a must-have in every woman’s closet.
But these women did have more to offer than just their designs. They also championed the empowerment of women, something contemporary female fashion icons from Anna Wintour to Tory Burch continue to do today. Below, find some of the best quotes from females in fashion, and shop cotton looks that will make you look and feel amazing. Happy International Women’s Day.
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Diane von Furstenberg
“I design for the woman who loves being a woman.”
Diane von Furstenberg is the designer of the now-iconic wrap dress, but she also was inspired to begin designing clothes when she married a prince. Having achieved what seemed like the perfect ending to a fairy tale, Diane instead wanted to have a life beyond her marriage. She said, “The minute I knew I was about to be Egon's wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts.” Now, she’s one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes.
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"If it doesn't scare you, you're probably not dreaming big enough."
Even if you’re one of the few women who don’t own a Tory Burch item, you definitely know her name. She’s the CEO, Chairman, and Designer of her eponymous company Tory Burch LLC, a label that rose to mega stardom in just 10 years. She began the label in 2004, positioning it as a brand rather than a wholesaler, a risky move that paid off. By 2005, she was being called “the next big thing in fashion.” Now, she’s also one of Forbes’ most powerful women in the world.
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“The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.”
Anna Wintour and fashion are one and the same, as the Vogue editor-in-chief is considered the last word on anything style-related. She knew from a young age, growing up in England in the 60s, that she wanted to work in fashion, understandable considering she was living in a time of cultural upheaval, often reflected by clothing. Wintour quit school when she was very young and began working for fashion magazines instead, and was fired from a job for being too creative. Now, she’s without question the end-all and be-all of fashion perspectives.
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“Personal style comes from within. It's when the woman, her individuality and spirit come through. She uses clothes to express who she is and how she feels.”
Donna Karan began her career as a designer for Anne Klein, eventually leaving to pursue her own clothing line. She said that she wanted to “design modern clothes for modern people.” She insisted that she would only design clothes for women that she herself would wear, making fashion accessible to women. She also always emphasized making women feel confident and allowing them to express themselves through clothing, instead of thrusting an unattainable ideal on them.
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“I want women to choose something that makes them feel empowered and fantastic and admired by many people.”
Isn’t that what fashion is all about, at the end of the day? Carolina Herrera is such an influential fashion icon that she was even asked to dress Jackie O’s daughter for her wedding. She began her fashion career in the mid-60s as the publicist for Emilio Pucci, but distinguished herself in 1981 when she debuted a small fashion line that drew critical acclaim. She has continued to debut her Ready-To-Wear lines twice a year at New York Fashion Week, and remains one of the most influential women in fashion.
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Have an amazing International Women’s Day!