10 Jan Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme Court Justice, Trailblazer, and Style Icon
There is no doubt that Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon. She’s broken barriers, is outspoken, hardworking and incredibly stylish. Our obsession with her has lead up to the big screen, in the highly anticipated film “On the Basis of Sex”. Everything we love about the Justice, has left us wanting more! Costume designer, Isis Mussenden, says “There were a lot of things that I didn’t know about Justice Ginsburg.”
Fighting for women’s right’s and gender equality, sitting in a room predominantly lead by men, RBG, as we lovingly call her, has always stood out for her voice and as of late also for her fashion choices. In regards to the biopic, “I’ve known [about] her forever, but I didn’t really know anything about her prior to her becoming a Supreme Court justice. So I thought, what an amazing opportunity to educate all of us. And how important to women in this day and age, with everything that’s going on, to understand that there are so many different directions in which to fight the good fight.” While designing costumes for the film taught Mussenden more about Ginsburg’s life during law school at Harvard, through her groundbreaking gender discrimination case in 1971, the experience also shed light on the experience of her own mother’s generation. “The laws that still existed in 1970 was astounding to me, absolutely shocking. And I just thought, ‘wow, my mom lived with that,’” Mussenden says. “Understanding women’s place and what they could and couldn’t do, it was fascinating to me.”
With all of the important work Justice Ginsburg has done for the U.S. Justice System, as a Supreme Court Judge, she may not always be able to verbally express her opinions out loud, but she always makes a fashion statement, bold and deliberate, and it shows throughout the film. “She knew the style, she knew the trends, to the Eighties to the Nineties, in the Seventies, so that made me understand that she did have a sense of what was happening in fashion. She was a New York woman; by osmosis women in New York are more fashionable, just by knowing the street. And she was a woman who was educated, she was running in certain circles, and she had style.”, says Mussenden. The real life Ginsburg, today makes bold statements with her jewelry, carefully selected and now dubbed as her “dissent collars”. Most recently, she chose to wear a gift from a fan who sent her the beautiful Pegasus necklace from Stella & Dot. Lawyer and fellow ACLU alum, Susan Hyman, sent it to her as a gift because the necklace “reminds me of something a warrior princess like Wonder Woman would wear as armor into battle. It projects strength, confidence, and fearlessness.”
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