Today's new wave of feminism has opened up a cultural conversation about the meaning of women's power dressing, from pussy bows to pantsuits to all-black red carpet looks. The topic has played out onscreen, too, in the way the strong female characters in some of the season's costume design award-contender films have been represented, from Wonder Woman's more covered-up superhero armor, to Molly's Game's look-but-don't-touch game-time dresses. Here, five badass females and their wardrobe weapons, as explained by the costume designs.
A version of this story first appeared in a January stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.