Zaha Hadid to create Women Fashion Power exhibition

Architect Zaha Hadid, winner of this year’s Designs of the Year Award, is working on exhibition design of the Women Fashion Power show coming to the Design Musuem in London.

A suit owned by Margaret Thatcher

Source: Courtesy of Christie’s

A suit owned by Margaret Thatcher

Hadid was this week named as the winner of the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year awards for her design for the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

She is now working on the exhibition, which will open in October and look at 150 years of women’s fashion.

The exhibition will showcase more than 20 women who will each personally contribute and share their ‘style philosophy’. Kirsty Wark, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Shami Chakrabarti are among those featured.

The exhibition will also bring together clothing, photography, archive footage and interviews to look at ‘how influential women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world’.

Fashion expert Colin McDowell, who is co-curating the exhibition with the Design Museum’s Donna Loveday, says, ‘This exhibition shows how women have used different approaches to dress in order to make statements which are unique to them and their personalities.

‘Few of the women in this exhibition would see themselves as fashion plates or even strong fashion followers. They create their own wardrobes, not to be fashion plates but to demonstrate who and what they are.’

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