There is a black and gold striped Biba jumpsuit on display in the Women Fashion Power exhibition at the Design Museum. It prompted a discussion between two women next to me on how they could potentially make it out of the museum without anyone noticing they’d nicked it. Being the philanthropic eavesdropper I am, I offered to distract the staff while they made a run for it.
This exhibition is about the many hundreds of moments when women through history have seen those possibilities and exploited them, to project, protect, inspire, disguise, manipulate, trademark, eschew, adopt, interpret, prosper and transform.
Every time I get dressed I’m thinking about having one of those moments for myself that day. Drawing breath and facing down the boys' clubs, the glass ceilings, the catcalls, the depressing statistics and all manner of other daily crap, women are still climbing the hill we've been climbing for centuries. I don't know when we'll reach anything like the top, but until then I want to employ every tool in my eclectic arsenal to enhance whatever it is I want to say, think, make or do. Fashion is one of the most powerful tools we have, unwieldy though it may be, and I intend to use it.
Go along and get your empowerment on before Women Fashion Power ends on 26 April.