Happy International Women's Day: 10 women who changed fashion

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Happy International Women's Day! Throughout the history of fashion, great designers have changed the industry, bringing an empowered and bold vision to their brands. Some created great controversies, others brought together art for their creations and even today they are remembered as influencers of great movements.

Jeanne Lanvin

Always ahead of his time, Lanvin was one of the first entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. When she was only 22 years old, in 1889, she opened her first hat shop and, after that, never stopped. Inspired by her daughter, years later Jeanne started creating luxurious clothes for children and women, which over time became her main focus. Over time, its line expanded to perfumes, lingerie, home decor, sportswear and even men's clothing.

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King Kawakubo

A true visionary! The powerful Japanese stylist who created the Comme des Garçons brand defies the standards of the fashion industry, deconstructing and creating breathtaking pieces. She is a woman of courage, who uses her training in plastic arts as a way to bet on visuals never used before, with geometric and bold pieces.

Coco Chanel

Without a doubt, Coco Chanel needs no introduction. The French woman was a true revolutionary of the female wardrobe, betting on the creation of pieces with fabrics easy to move and freeing them from corsets, extremely long and bulky skirts. She allowed the female wardrobe to become something easier to use, also launching the little black dress, a favorite of fashionistas to this day.

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Elsa Schiaparelli

She influenced not only the world of fashion, but also that of art! Schiaparelli collaborated with several artists such as Salvador Dalí and Meret Oppenheim. She was one of the pioneers in the surrealist and cubist style, and is still remembered as a pioneering and innovative designer.

Vivienne Westwood

She brought punk into high fashion and, even today, she has a great influence of the movement in her creations. An activist and businesswoman, she uses her pieces to address issues ranging from climate change to civil rights.

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Mary Quant

How to forget the creator of the mini skirt? In the 60s Mary Quant defied the standards of the time, inventing a skirt model that was "only" 30 centimeters long, her modeling was simple and her colors vibrant, which created a great controversy at the time. However, she freed women from long lengths by starting a new fashion revolution.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane has great power in her hands, besides being a great designer and enchanting the world with her printed pieces that bring true sensual femininity, the Belgian designer is a name ahead of feminism. She serves on Vital Voices, a board that works with leading women from around the world, and she also created the DVF Awards "to recognize and support extraordinary women who are dedicated to transforming the lives of other women," according to the designer's website. It is the great proof that fashion can help change people's lives.

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Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is a great example of a true lover of ethical fashion. Its brand is always ahead of the defense of animal rights and vegetarianism, being a pioneer in the use of alternative materials as a way to abolish the use of leather and skin.

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Vera Wang

When you think of stunning wedding dresses, which designer comes to mind? Probably Vera Wang, the American designer broke the traditional market for wedding dresses and brought a new look to this very traditional branch, giving a modern and fashionista touch.

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Phoebe Philo

When she was appointed Céline's creative director, Philo changed the way women dressed and launched a new era for the business. Minimalist and perfectly aligned pieces started to win the hearts of fashionistas from all over the world, gaining more and more fans around the world.

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