Officially created in 1911, today marks International Women’s Day – a celebration of women’s political, economic and social achievements across the globe. To mark the occasion, we delved into the artisan archives to select some of our favourite quotes from our favourite women.

Behnaz Farahi | Photography by Modern Luxury

Giving women their position in the male-dominated world of technology, talented designer, architect, and researcher Behnaz Farahi flies the flag for the modern women pushing the technical boundaries. Exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship with the human body, Farahi is championing the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art.

Behnaz Farahi | Caress of the Gaze

With recent works from breathing walls to morphing headpieces, savvy designer Behnaz Farahi gives the world of wearable-tech an innovative womens touch with a difference.

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Bringing modern punk new and wave fashion into the mainstream, Dame Vivienne Westwood has become a treasure to the fashion industry by designing for the more eccentric characters of society. As an avid supporter of political causes such as CND, climate change and the civil rights group Liberty, Westwood is passionate about making the world a better place.

Vivienne Westwood | London Fashion Week 2016

‘The treasure and glory of existence is to be able to discover the world we live in’ she said. ‘You will become who you are, not by self-absorption, but by having an interest in the outside world. And we need a different world.” – Vivienne Westwood (Elle, 2016)

Diane von Furstenberg

Dedicating herself to fostering emerging talent and helping to establish the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, Diane Von Furstenburg is firmly committed to empowering women on and off the runway. Introducing the wrap dress to the world of design during the 1970s, the iconic piece came to symbolise power and independence for an entire generation of women.

Diane von Furstenberg | Evolution of the Wrap Dress

“I’ve always liked [Wonder Woman] most out of all the superheroes, because she’s not only beautiful but strong and just. To me, she embodies the power and poise I like to think all women hold within, and I feel especially close to her as we’re namesakes.” – Diane von Furstenberg (Another Magazine, 2014)

Coco Chanel

A pioneer of classic style, the french designer revolutionised the once restrictive and impractical garments of the 1920’s by introducing trousers and suits to women for the first time. Championing the art of sophistication and giving the pearl an eternal elegance, Coco Chanel’s legacy continues to inspire power and femininity.

Chanel | 2016 Collection

“Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.” – Coco Chanel

Annie Leibovitz 

Renowned for her famous use of bold colour and unconventional poses that often startle and create a long-lasting impression, Annie Leibovitz is the famous portrait photographer with a worldwide celebrity following. With a unique style that is perfectly tailored to the celebrity-fuelled times, Leibovitz infamously captured the final moments of a naked John Lennon, clinging to a clothed Yoko Ono, just hours before he was assassinated.

Annie Leibovitz & Robert Bean on the Chrysler Building

“I didn’t want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of ageing and older women not being beautiful.” – Annie Leibovitz.

References

Behnaz Farahi (2016) About [Online] Available at http://Http://www.behnazfarahi.com/204246/about [Accessed 8/4/16]

Brainy Quotes (2016) Annie Leibovitz [Online] Available at http://Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/annie_leibovitz.html [Accessed 8/3/16]

Elle UK (2012) Westwood’s Women’s Day Mission [Online] Available at http://Http://www.elleuk.com/fashion/news/westwood-s-women-s-day-mission [Accessed 8/3/16]

International Women’s Day: AnOther’s Best Words

(2016) Another Magazine [Online] Available at http://Http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/3463/international-womens-day-anothers-best-words [Accessed 8/3/16]

Modern Luxury (2015) Peek Inside the Robot-Powered, 3-D-Printed, Luminescent Future at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop – See more at: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/peek-inside-the-robot-powered-3-d-printed-gaze-responsive-future-autodesks-pier-#sthash.ab2z31kC.dpuf [Online] Available at http://Http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/peek-inside-the-robot-powered-3-d-printed-gaze-responsive-future-autodesks-pier- [Accessed 8/3/16]