If there is a single person having lived whose influence, through their appearance, has shifted culture and thought as much as Elizabeth of England, I will be happy to debate the issue with you. And for women all over the world, no female person so embodies a resolute desire to be entirely themselves, without reference to gender, or social obligation, than this woman from a small island nation.
Throughout human history women have held places of great power, but always in reference to the men around them. Even Cleopatra of Egypt was ultimately ruled by her passions for both Caesar and Anthony. In history no woman has taken the reigns of power so completely to themselves than Elizabeth. So, both superficially, (and I have learned), even on deep psychological levels, we have taken her as the ultimate example of women of power. Psychologists who study dream behavior, and chronicle the symbols and meanings in our dreaming world, have long known that Elizabeth shows up consistently as a potent image of power, and as an independent source of strength.
So, when you think about the things I talk about, about Attire as a language, think on Elizabeth, and how much she influenced the world around her, just with how she chose to present herself.
Below, a series of actors all performing as Elizabeth. All different, and all possessed of a singularity.