Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent: Women's Business Suits

The pantsuit as an article of chic was widely transformative. For the first time, women had a uniform that could take them from day into evening, from boardroom to barroom, with the same efficiency and savoir faire as a man. The garment is both symbolic and ameliorative. Just as the portly male could mask his bulk beneath the tailored folds of a well-crafted suit, a woman could minimize her figure flaws -- or at least present herself as something more than the sum of her body parts -- in a slim, pinstriped Saint Laurent. The business suit ensures a certain equality of bearing, if not outcome.

Read the rest of Woody Hochswender's article here.

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