What are Fashion and Feminism?
170 years of contradicting conclusions about what it means for a woman to be a woman.
Fashion is something that we deal with every day. Even those who claim they don’t care about what clothes they wear, they choose clothes that reflect their feelings and show how they feel every day.
Change is the only constant in fashion. Every day, we are bombarded by new fashion ideas via music, television, books, and videos. The movies also have an impact on the fashion choices of people. After Men In Black, Ray-Ban’s sunglasses sales increased. Sometimes, a trend spreads across the globe. In the 1950s, teens all over the world wore Elvis Presley costumes.
“A little bit of what you call frippery can make you look like the rest of us.”
-Abigail Adams letter to John Adams May 1, 1780
what fashion is
Who decides what fashion is?
The fashion choices we make have been influenced by musicians and other cultural icons, royalty, and political figures. Magazines and newspapers report on Hillary Clinton’s outfits. The fashion world was devastated by the recent passing of Diana, Princess of Wales. Her clothes were a daily story.
What does it mean to be a feminist?
The literal meaning is equality of the sexes. It is much more challenging to grasp what this means at an individual level. Are you supposed to accept or reject your femininity if you are a woman who believes in inequality? This internal and external struggle was manifested in the clothes women wore or refused to wear.
Feminist movements have been around for 170 years. Throughout that time, fashion has changed drastically. However, the overarching question has remained the same: What does being a woman mean? And how should women dress?
what fashion is Quotes
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”-Oscar Wilde
“Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”-Oscar de la Renta
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”-Ralph Lauren
“How can you live the high life if you do not wear high heels?”-Sonia Rykiel
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”- Gianni Versace
“Fashion is part of the daily air, and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything about clothes.”- Diana Vreeland
“Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”-Bo Derek
“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”- Anna Wintour
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they notice the woman.”? Coco Chanel
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”- Oscar Wilde
“Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu.”-Kenzo Takada
“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing, and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.”- Vivienne Westwood
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” –Karl Lagerfeld
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who’s wearing it.” –Yves Saint Laurent
Some Feminism Quotes
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
–Jane Austen, Persuasion
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”
Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.’
“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself”
-Simone de Beauvoir
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.”
“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.'”
“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
“Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
“I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That’s me.”
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg