Spice Girls - The pioneering icon of 5 feminist fashion trends

22 years from the first single Wannabe, the Spice Girls is still considered a pioneer in the trend of feminist fashion and music in popular culture.

Geri Halliwel: feminist statement

Long before the creative director of Dior, Maria Chiuri Grazia launched the feminist fashion statement: "We Should All Be Feminists", Spice Girls leader Geri Halliwell wore the Union Jack dress at 1997 BRIT Awards as a message about feminism and the stylish Britain. The impact of this stunning Union Jack was enormous that over 20 years later, the British social community still recognizes it as the most inspirational dress of all time.

The legendary Union Jack dress the "ginger spice" with British flag, symbolizing unity and innovation. (Photo: Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock)

Feminist fashion trends are growing strongly. Rihanna's Dior shirt is also a statement for the women of the era. (Photo: @badgalriri /@chiaraferragni)

Melanie Brown: leopard pattern

Back in the 90s, Mel B soon brought the leopard pattern into her own feminist fashion style. True to her nickname, Spice Girls' "scary spice" represented strong, sexy, fierce and rebellious women. Fans could recognize her with thick hair and black skin and prominent leopard prints. In the midst of feminism fashion, the giants like Givenchy, Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana all created dresses in leopard prints.

Although today "scary" Mel B has changed into an elegant, successful woman, the public will never forget the old strong, wild style of the X Factor judge. (Photo: Oprah.com)

The leopard print fashion trend showing power, independence and confidence has returned to the fall-winter fashion of this year. (Photo: Team Peter Stigter/ Catwalking/ Divulgação)

Melanie Chisholm: classic sports fashion

Mel C's fashion sense represented young people with positive energy. With toned body, energetic style, she was always a big star when it came to sports advertising. The Spice Girl's "sporty spice" was the ideal model that modern girls pursued. Although many years have passed, this trend of classic, simple and stylish fashion is still popular as ever.

Mel C was the promoter of the Adidas Red Classic Tracksuit. (Photo: Adidas)

Gigi Hadid in Adidas Originals Supergirl Track outfit and Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes. (Photo: AKM GSI)

Victoria Beckham: little black dress

There is no denying that the gorgeous appearance of Victoria Beckham from her days as the "posh spice" was super impressive with classic, delicate style in body-hugging black dress and warrior high heels. Unlike the rest of Spice Girls members, Victoria's style was loyal to the elegance of a British girl, but still expressed her own distinctively charming personality. The simple, classic, elegant and often short dresses have been associated with the image of women of many generations. So now, this dress is still the fashion trend of women's rights that cannot be ignored.

The classic little black dress was stylized to become more modern and sexy. (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Kendall Jenner was dressed in an attractive little black dress at Vanity Fair Oscars. (Photo: George Pimentel)

Emma Bunton: platform sneakers

The Spice Girls' feminist fashion was the uncouth shoes that were once controversial for a while. The famous design with high midsole and big shape was once ridiculed as a "fashion disaster". There were two types of sneakers that Spice Girls loved: platform sneakers and dad sneakers. And the Spice Girls "baby spice" was a huge fan of platform sneakers. This sneaker trend has been revived from Balenciaga's fashion show Triple S in 2017. Celebs quickly grasped this fashion fever and spread it.

With a cute appearance and a modest height, these shoes became Emma Bunton's signature accessories. (Photo: Bernard Weil)

Shoes that are leading the feminist fashion trend now also featured in one of the very first photo shoots of the Spice Girls. (Image: WireImage)


By: Roxana Edwards

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