The end of corsets was a revolution in fashion and in women's lives

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For Lara Torres, PhD in Fashion and professor at the Department of Fashion and Textiles at the London College of Fashion and at the School of Arts, Design and Performance at the University of Portsmouth, also in the United Kingdom, the lower representation of women in top positions in fashion It is linked to the fact that we live in a patriarchal society, in which men hold primary power. “Patriarchy is so ingrained in social systems that it has been taught as something natural that should not be changed or questioned. The story is not linear; There was, in fact, a period in particular where many women were at the helm of major fashion brands, especially at the beginning of the 20th century. There was a certain male absence at that time, due to military recruitment between the two world wars, and at that time there was also the development of female emancipation movements. Participation in these movements was often made possible by replacing men in the job market in a series of professions that until then were male, representing the opportunity for financial autonomy. There is not always a direct relationship, but I believe we are talking about the spirit of the times - this change in the female condition was led by very independent women.”

Period21 Mar 2024

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