The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress

In the August issue of Vogue, our colleague Sarah Mower writes passionately about the women designers leading fashion today. Their achievement, she argues, “amounts to a reshaping of the industry—not by fitting in with male-led corporate rules but by steadily ignoring them, trusting their own instincts, living how they wish, and opening wide the creative space for a whole generation to thrive.” It sounds like a manifesto for the 2020s, doesn’t it?

We conceived of this as a companion piece to Sarah’s persuasive essay. It’s an examination and a celebration of designers who’ve changed the way we dress, from Rei Kawakubo and Miuccia Prada, both of whom rejected the pretty in favor of the beautiful; to Stella McCartney and Eileen Fisher, our designer environmentalists; to Phoebe Philo and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who embody opposite ends of the minimal-maximal divide. Iconoclasm comes in many forms.


Mellissa Miller