Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason launch suffragette window displays

Leading department stores across London are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK with suffragette inspired window displays.

Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods have all unveiled window displays marking the centenary of the historic event in support of the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign.

Each display will last throughout London Fashion Week, commemorating the West End protests in which the windows of all three iconic department store’s windows were smashed to prove that the government cared more about buildings than women’s lives.

The year-long campaign will celebrate to progress women have made in the last 100 years while promoting gender equality throughout the city.

We are extraordinarily proud to have played even a small role in the story of the suffragettes, and to be considered an iconic part of a city powered by amazing women,” Harrods’ Amanda Hill said.

“#BehindEveryGreatCity has given us the opportunity to celebrate the women of London with an evocative and inspiring window display, which illustrates the progress that has been made in furthering gender equality in London and throughout the world.

“As London’s first luxury department store, Harrods has a long history of supporting women in retail. The store introduced the first staff training department in the country with specific courses for women to learn business skills, and advertised in the suffragist press.

“The store even continued to advertise in titles such as The Suffragette after Harrods was targeted by the Suffragette window smashing campaign of 1912 which we have used as inspiration for our window display.”

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