Exhibition \\ Made It
Section 4: Making Choices
The pace of women defining themselves within society accelerated in the 20th century. They embodied a variety of roles and lifestyles and chose clothing that complemented their sense of self. In 1938, a Los Angeles County judge sent kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick to jail because she wore slacks in the courtroom. Moments like this fueled the growing women’s liberation movement and heavily influenced fashion in the postwar period.
The modern woman no longer felt beholden to styles dictated by the patriarchal media or other outlets that didn’t align with her philosophies—and designers reciprocated. Women scrutinized their role in society and what they demanded from their clothing.