Fashion Icons: Madonna
“I wouldn’t have turned out the way I was if I didn’t have all those old-fashioned values to rebel against.”
Madonna is a key figure in understanding the power of fashion. She was central in linking the potential of fashion as a main source for rebellion. Early Madonna looks, known as ‘flash-trash’, were made of inexpensive, easily accessible clothing—making it possible for girls to emulate the look without feeling monetarily inadequate. She was another figure, alongside Coco Chanel, that used fashion to reject traditional norms, (i.e. wearing underwear as outerwear and wearing crucifixes to mock her Catholic upbringing).
Madonna’s influence in the breaking of fashion norms worked to empower women. As a result of Madonna’s influence, women saw fashion as a source of interpretation for beyond a passing mood, but as a way to express a political or social plea as well.
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