Sometimes a dress is more than just a dress. It can tell the story of the past, and inspire the future.
Meet the female engineers and aviators who inspired our Airplane Dress:
Born in 1865 in Washington, D.C., Lillian Todd was a self-taught inventor who was the first woman in the world to design airplanes. She dreamed of piloting the airplane she designed and built, but her permit was denied. On November 7, 1910, one of her planes finally took flight, flown by a male pilot.
Raymonde de la Roche
In 1910, Raymonde de La Roche, a French pilot, became the first woman in the world to receive a pilot's license. She was a talented engineer, who loved cars and motorcycles, and was also an actor. Today, a statue of Raymonde de la Roche can be seen at the Le Bourget Airport in France.
In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the the first African-American woman to receive a pilot's license. She moved to France in her 20s to study flight, and then learned aerial stunts. She became famouns for performing in aerial shows, as was known as "Queen Bess" to the crowds who gathered to watch her.
Perhaps the most notable female pilot, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic. In addition to her interest in flight, Earhart had a strong interest in fashion, even starting her own clothing line. Earhart also helped found the Ninety-nines, an organization for female pilots, before famously disappearing during her attempt at a solo flight around the world.
First All-female Crew (U.S.)
In June 1984, Frontier Airlines became the first airline in the United States to have an all-female crew staff a commercial flight. Gloria Steinem sent a note to the two female pilots, one of whom was also the first woman hired as a commercial pilot in the U.S., saying they would encourage the dreams of little girls.
These women shaped the history of flight. How will YOU shape it's future?
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