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Must go: Femmes Fatales exhibition in The Hague – an ode to female designers

Femmes Fatales exhibition

Discover the Femmes Fatales exhibition – an exposition solely focused on female fashion designers during the past decades, for the first time in history. Read everything about the most influential women in fashion and this amazing exhibition below. 

Cover photo: © Iris van Herpen

Femmes Fatales exhibition

Museum director Benno Tempel of Gemeentemuseum The Hague couldn’t believe that there has never been an exhibition fully dedicated to women in fashion before. However, it gave him the opportunity to create the – already hailed – very first edition of the Femmes Fatales exhibition. Fashionistas from all over the world are traveling to The Hague to get a glimpse of this phenomenal exposition.

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Women in fashion

Back in the days, Coco Chanel was called “a useless needlewoman” by fashion designer Paul Poiret. Women didn’t used to be very common in fashion, especially not as head of successful fashion labels. Luckily, much has changed since then. Despite we’re not entirely there yet, women have made big steps in equality. We cannot imagine a fashion industry without great female designers anymore. Think of Jeanne Lanvin, Iris van Herpen, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Vivienne Westwood and Sonia Rykiel.

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Van Nederlandse couturiers als Iris van Herpen en Fong-Leng tot Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Coco Chanel en Maria Grazia Chiuri voor Dior: het is slechts een greep uit de vele designers van wie we werk laten zien in onze tentoonstelling ‘Femmes Fatales – Sterke vrouwen in de mode’. Een must voor elke modeliefhebber! Te zien vanaf 17 november. #irisvanherpen #chanel #dior #stellamccartney #viviennewestwood #fongleng #couturier #gemeentemuseum #femmesfatales #fashion #fashioblogger #museum #mode #fashionista #modetentoonstelling #modehuis Iris van Herpen, couturecollectie Ludi Naturae, 2018 Foto: Jean Baptiste Mondino. Iris van Herpen / Jean Baptiste Mondino / Gemeentemuseum Den Haag Collaborating artist Peter Gentenaar / Dress made in collaboration with TU Delft

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Maria Chiuri for Dior

About four years ago, Maria Chiuri got appointed as the first female creative director at Dior. Since then, the rest is history. Chiuri’s first show formed the starting point of the Femmes Fatales exhibition. The message was very clear: “we should all be feminists” was written on almost the entire collection. It created a snowball effect and many other big fashion houses followed with similar messages. Hurray for Chiuri!

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#MeToo and #TimesUp

On top of this, female designers are more or less preferred by today’s high fashion clients. The negative expressions around the exchange of Phoebe Philo with Heidi Slimane for Céline weren’t frugal. Critics simply didn’t understand how this could be done in a time in which women empowerment has been more critical than ever, when thinking of #MeToo and #TimesUp discussions and debacles reaching the fashion industry as well. With Slimane’s debut during lasts Paris Fashion Week, everyone ventilated their unsalted opinion about the tight, short, patent leather dresses Slimane showed on the catwalk. It is not a coincidence that power suiting for women and a fresh generation of fashion photographers have become the norm either. Below: Eveline Hall for Iris van Herpen.

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“Zelf ben ik iemand die heel sterk overkomt en dat is een kracht waar je als vrouw gebruik van moet maken. Welke leeftijd je ook hebt: laat zien dat je power hebt. Straal kracht uit. Dat is zeker in deze tijd belangrijker dan ooit!” Aan het woord is Eveline Hall, een echte powerlady van 70+ die in een creatie van Iris van Herpen schittert op foto’s en posters voor de tentoonstelling ‘Femmes Fatales – Sterke vrouwen in de mode’, te zien vanaf 17 november. #femmesfatales #fashion #mode #couture #fashionblogger #feminist #girlboss #powervrouw #evelinehall #vrouwen #fashionexhibition #modetentoonstelling #girlpower #fashionchick #cocochanel #chanel #viviennewestwood #jeannepaquin #prada #fongleng #sheiladevries #jeannelanvin #irisvanherpen #museum #weshouldallbefeminists Foto: Petrovsky & Ramone

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May we be clear: this exhibition is a must-go. Many female designers embrace their femininity and think it is a plus when designing fashion for women. They know what feels right, get the importance of the right fit and have more interest in the technique behind creating garments.

Femmes Fatales – strong women in fashion
Gemeentemuseum The Hague
November 17 – March 24
www.gemeentemuseum.nl
Get tickets here

Quite impressive, don’t you think? Just like the Femmes Fatales exhibition, there are many other inspiring women. Read more about impressive models that form an example for others in our articles about philanthropist fashion models and fashion models that are true role models or go check out our sections on fashion and women in general. We bet you’ll like it.

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