Exhibition \\ Made It

Section 3: Seismic Shifts

Women designers devised revolutionary new styles for women that reflected their worlds. Across Europe and the U.S. in the 20th century, women pushed away from being relegated to the domestic sphere and actively resisted the confining social systems that gave men more power.

The fashion world—especially new women designers and leaders—responded with vigor. Hemlines rose and fell. Cut and drape shifted to match women’s rising needs and desires. Innovative techniques in design and construction prevailed.

Maggy Rouff, “Lucerne” dress (detail), 1949 . Kunstmuseum Den Haag, 0331925. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo by Alice de Groot.

Maggy Rouff, “Lucerne” dress (detail), 1949 . Kunstmuseum Den Haag, 0331925. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo by Alice de Groot.


Swings in sartorial silhouette represent pivotal movements in our history and mirror the freedoms women gained along the way. Look across the ensembles in this gallery—do you think women design differently than men?

Section 1: Breaking In

Section 2: Gaining Momentum

Section 4: Making Choices

Section 5: Designing for Change

Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion