Inspirational women in fashion over the years
Over the years many women have developed a successful career in the fashion industry, such as designers, models or even business women. Many have made it from the bottom or others topped off their career in the fashion department, either way, these women are inspirational and great role models for other women.
Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton created Sass & Bide in 1999. Beginning as a denim collection, the label expanded rapidly and was soon showing in New York and Milan.
By collaborating with the international trade centre and United Nations agency Clarke and Middleton have used their success to support women from east African tribes. Not only is work provided for the women but training too, offering opportunities in both management and craft from the ethical fashion initiative. Neither women have graduated from art school or worked as a design assistant previously, so this reminds women that you can do whatever you want when you put your mind to it, also inspiring other women in a similar situation.
CEO and co-founder of Rent the runway, her clear passion and dedication to running a company that helps others as well as profits from, its consumers. Striving to maintain a positive relationship with her suppliers, rent the run way help to improve their products by freely offering relevant data. Sizing has been developed thanks to the company’s feedback. Customer satisfaction runs very high, using real women rather than agency supplied models.
It’s easy for models to get a bad reputation but Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell is an excellent role model. While most models keep quiet about the more sinister side of the industry, leaving us to envy their seemingly perfect lives, Cameron has used her voice to discourage women from following in her footsteps (literally). She’s also used her influence in various other projects, encouraging political activism to bring about positive social change.
Diane Von Furstenberg, once being a princess has been awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2005, which she then became president of. Having achieved recognition through the success of her signature wrap dress. As the 68th most powerful woman in the world according to Forbs, and having secured a star on seventh avenues fashion walk of fame, Von Furstenburg has royally outdone herself over the years.
At only 30, Sophia Amoruso has achieved many goals, as the owner of nasty gal, an online fashion retail store, Amoruso has become one of the most successful business women in fashion today. Ebay was where her career started, selling vintage items on the site. Her ‘nasty girl vintage’ store soon became an empire. A website was up and running by 2008 and was quickly named the ‘Cinderella of tech’ by the new York times.
A timeless classic, Coco Chanel will forever remain one of, if not the most, influential women in fashion. Although the designer passed away in 1971, her designs have lived on and have become the epitome of elegance and chic. Iconic pieces such as the classic quilted bag, Chanel No. 5 perfume and tweed suits continue to be the objects of lust for women of all ages. Having grown up in a convent after the death of her mother aged 12, Chanel has taught generations of women that with hard work, anything can be achieved, regardless of background. Her determination and perseverance led to the creation of one of the most renowned fashion houses in the world, and has inspired countless women to aim equally as high.