Elizabeth Hawes: Fashion Rebel


In addition to Elizabeth Hawes being one of the greatest American fashion designers of all time, she also worked tirelessly as a writer and social critic. Over the course of her career, she wrote nine books on the subjects of not only fashion and beauty, but also gender, race and labor relations. Bettman / Getty Images

An iconoclast in every sense of the word, Elizabeth Hawes is still considered one of the greatest designers American fashion ever produced. Find out why her outspoken social activism landed her in hot water with the FBI.

Additional Reading

  • Berch, Bettina. Radical by Design: the Life and Style of Elizabeth Hawes. New York: Dutton, 1988.