Fashion. So often it’s put in the synonymous categories of fad, trend, hashtag, in. But in reality, fashion is – and has always been – so much more than just #trending.

Which is exactly what the exhibit, “Women Fashion Power,” currently on display in London’s Design Museum, has set out to explore.[column size=”2/3″]

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Spanning the last 150 years, the exhibit presents an up-close-and-personal-look at the fashion behind some of the 19th and 20th centuries’ most powerful and well-respected women. Even the exhibit itself – which was designed by Dame Zaha Hadid, founder and director of Zaha Hadid Architects – pays homage to both personal style and female empowerment.

Co-curated by Colin McDowell and Donna Loveday, “Women Fashion Power” features 26 women from all over the professional map. We’re talking designers – including, Dame Vivienne Westwood – to journalists, CEOs and real life princesses.

But this exhibit isn’t solely about fashion; it’s about manipulating fashion for power, success, and “intimidation,” explains McDowell. “It isn’t, in fact, entirely about all the great movements of fashion. It’s about how all intelligent women take what they need from fashion at any one particular moment — and get their look.”

The exhibit is open to the public now through April 26, 2015.

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