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Evan Rachel Wood and Altuzarra Talk Pantsuits And Women Taking Control Of Their Style

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Evan Rachel Woods is known for her acting, and her affinity for wearing pantsuits on the red carpet — revolutionizing how actresses dress for big events.

The Westworld actress and designer Joseph Altuzarra sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss why they hate the term “power suit”, and how Wood took a big fashion risk and flourished.

“It’s like saying power is associated with dressing like a man instead of just feeling powerful in whatever you’re wearing,” Wood said when asked about the term.

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“It feels antiquated. You wouldn’t say that about a man’s suit,” Altuzarra added, explaining that despite the fact ’80s suiting designs were made so that women would be taken more seriously, they don’t need to take style cues from men anymore. “Women can now express themselves, their style and still be taken seriously.”

This past awards season, Wood and Altuzarra teamed up on her suit wardrobe.

“Evan took a huge risk [wearing only suits], and it paid off. We are getting different kinds of requests from stylists, and actresses are thinking differently about what they’re going to wear,” says Altuzarra.

“I am sure if you asked a lot of actresses, they would like to wear suits and they are too afraid to do so,” Wood added.

With Woods at the forefront of change, other actresses have been stepping out in pantsuit and jumpsuit designs. This includes Claire Foy in Oscar de la Renta, Oprah Winfrey in Elizabeth Kennedy, and Wood in Moschino by Jeremy Scott at the Emmys.

The big message: wear what you want and work it.

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