Times are changing. Whether we want it or not. One thing is certain: there was a time not far ago, when being born a woman meant having much more challenges than today and where everything was depending on gender, especially in the workplace. It was a time when mannish style was born, the masculine style with suit and tie, which has become a symbol of protest and identification of strong women who lent their faces to feminist campaigns.
Everything started from Yves Saint Laurent who introduced the power of the women’s tuxedo to the world in 1966, revealing all its extraordinare femininity. Yves Saint Laurent knew well that in his time the path of equality between men and women was far away and a male dress on a woman would inevitably have led to a scandal and discussion of the rights.
What today is a style which is still being reproduced and copied throughout the world, at that time was not received with a warmth. This style was called Tomboy and women wearing it according to the OED, the Oxford English dictionary, were rude, masculine and not very intelligent. In a nutshell inopportune. Jean Seberg, Diane Keaton and more recently actresses like Diane Kruger, Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson have often preferred this style on the most important occasions. A feminist manifesto, a crucial point in our recent history and an always elegant recipe for style, the mannish style has brought to our wardrobe tie, bow tie and tuxedo. Garments that today more than ever are present on the red carpet and worn by the most desired women on the planet.
Today mannish style is a trend evoking much far from a political value but it still helps women to show their position and be a patogonists of true and full equality.
Lots of the most beloved designers in the world who, for this winter and next season, presented clothes in mannish style: Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Alexander Mc Queen, Emilio Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfigher are just some of the designers who used this style in their collections.
But the impressive return of the mannish style is in its own way also the symbol of a society that still needs to fight for their rights, even though in some sphere it has really changed.