FASHION SISTERHOOD: The Design Museum is set to explore female clothing as a sophisticated visual language via an exhibition highlighting the looks of such diverse figures as Queen Elizabeth I, Coco Chanel and Lady Gaga.

Women Fashion Power will kick off on October 29, and run through April 26 at the museum in southeast London. It has been co-curated by the fashion writer Colin McDowell and Donna Loveday, head of curatorial at the Design Museum, and designed by Zaha Hadid.

“This exhibition shows how women have used different approaches to dress in order to make statements that are unique to them and their personalities,” said McDowell.

“Few of the women in this exhibition would see themselves as fashion plates — or even strong fashion followers. They create their own wardrobes…to demonstrate who and what they are.”

The museum said in a statement that it is time “to reassess the role of fashion in the public sphere — not a frivolous distraction, but an essential component of the working woman’s toolkit.”

The exhibition examines the last 150 years of women’s fashion — looking at the how the flappers, screen goddesses, hippies, punks and power dressers of the past have influenced the trends of today.

The show will also highlight more than 20 contemporary women including Vivienne Westwood, Joan Burstein and Pearl Lam, and feature clothing, photography, archive footage and interviews. The museum said the full list of women taking part in the show will be revealed in August.

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