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25 Women Designers Who Changed Fashion Forever

25 Women Designers Who Changed Fashion Forever
The upcoming Costume Institute exhibit and Monday's Met Ball honors two of fashion's most beloved women designers: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. But what about the other female names that have helped to change fashion forever? Recently,'s Nicole Phelps noted that in New York fashion today there is a surprising lack of big-name female designers, which begged the question: "Is it easier to succeed in New York fashion as a man?" Phelps certainly has a point: After all, in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's eight year history, the prize has only been awarded to women designers twice. The dearth of female designers in New York is particularly disheartening, when you consider the important role women have played in shaping fashion's past and present. From Coco Chanel, to Phoebe Philo, female designers have provided a fresh--and needed--perspective on fashion and in many cases, they changed the industry as we know it. Katharine Hamnett Not all influential designers are couturiers.

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10 Influential Fashion Designers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It’s curious to wonder why some designer’s legacies are preserved and others fall to the wayside. Is it the lack of PR, no heir to the design house or were they just bad designers? While certain designers of the past are remembered today for their ingenuity or are attributed with the "invention" of a particular garment, such as Mary Quant and the miniskirt, scores of designers--like Redfern, Lucile or Mainbocher--who were widely influential in their time have seemingly been forgotten. The task of resurrecting these legacies thus falls upon the fashion historian, so sit back for a mini fashion history lesson of 10 fashion designers you've probably never heard of but should definitely know.

Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look. The facility northeast of Tokyo has unveiled 'Zoo Jeans', styled by the fangs and claws of lions, tigers and bears. Zoo officials said the material held up well, all things considered. The fashion business - BBC News Image copyright AFP We know that clothing is big business, but it may be surprising just how big. The fashion industry's contribution to the British economy is an estimated £26bn - that's twice the size of the car industry's and nearly as big as the contribution from housing, according to the British Fashion Council. It is not just dresses and handbags, but also design and manufacturing that make the sector the largest part of the so-called creative industries, which include marketing, etc. It's an important part of the services sector that makes up around four-fifths of the economy. And services has powered the economic recovery, which I have written about before.

Why Brits feel happier buying from small firms September 04, 2015 Many consumers experience the feelgood factor when they are shopping but new research suggests that Brits are much happier when buying from small businesses compared to big names. The survey by Avery WePrint has found that over 80% of Brits report feelings of happiness or contentment when they purchase items from a small business. However, just 53% feel the same when they shop with a large company. A quarter of Brits said that choosing to buy from a small business actually made them feel good about themselves. Sarajevo Artist Creates Math-Inspired Origami Dresses From Paper, Textiles While most of us have forgotten the basics of high-school geometry, Sarajevo student-designer Amila Hrustic finds inspiration in the ancient branch of mathematics. "Plato's Collection," an assortment of origami-esque dresses made from paper and textiles, is a mass of edges, vertices, and faces, with each dress corresponding to one of the five Platonic solids (the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron). What culminates is a series of artfully structured forms that are as pleasing to the eye as they are mathematically sublime. Amila Hrustic, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sarajevo, found herself gravitating towards geometry—specifically Platonic solids—during her four years studying product design. Her love affair with the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron led to her diploma project, “Plato’s Collection,” a line of dresses that embody the forms’ aesthetic beauty and symmetry. + Amila Hrustic

Zendaya schools the world on cultural appropriation In a new interview Zendaya has weighed in on the heated subject of cultural appropriation. It’s a topic that keeps rearing its head, both in the media and on Twitter – whether it’s a conversation about M.I.A.’s new video or Kylie Jenner’s cornrows. Speaking with Nylon, the 18-year-old singer and actress stressed that there’s a difference between appreciating and appropriating other cultures. “You can go about it as cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation,” she said. “You have to be very careful. Some things are really sacred and important to other cultures, so you have to be aware, politically, about those things before you just adopt them. ‘Bionic model’ will strut down New York Fashion Week runway with prosthetic arm During fashion house FTL Moda’s New York Fashion Week show at Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall on Sunday, model Rebekah Marine will strut down the runway with one of the most unique accessories — a bionic arm. Philadelphia-based Marine, who was born without a right forearm, was fitted with an i-limb quantum earlier this year. The i-limb is one of the most advanced prostheses available, and with it, Marine has quickly become one of the most visible faces in a fashion world becoming increasingly more inclusive to models with disabilities. This will be Marine’s second time walking down a New York Fashion Week runway.

Frida Kahlo Cartoon Will Remind You That You're Awesome Frida Kahlo is the poster child for unibrows, and illustrator Gavin Aung Than perfectly captured why her refusal to give in to society’s norms about beauty is so important. The freelance cartoonist “takes inspirational quotes from famous people and adapts them into cartoons.” In his Strange Like Me strip, he uses Kahlo’s words as inspiration to tell the story of a young girl coming to terms with her bushy eyebrows (little did she know she’s probably going to grow up to be Cara Delevingne status). Check out the adorbs comic below:

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Afropunk Street Style Fest - Best Brooklyn Fashion Quietly, in Commodore Barry Park, Afropunk Fest has been consistently upping its game, year over year, to be the alternative-music festival of Brooklyn. Built on the concepts of equality and inclusiveness, emphasizing diversity, and encouraging its visitors to come dressed to the nines, the crew that heads over to Afropunk tends to be the coolest, and the music featured is always cutting edge but also expertly picked. In short: It is really one of the best musical experiences of the summer in New York, which is saying a whole heckuva lot. Honestly, we had a hard time finding the best street-style photos for Afropunk, because we actually wanted to take a photo of every, single person inside of the park. (Yes, it was that good.)

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