• Donnington Grove

Designing Politically

This year, it isn’t just the clothing making a statement.

The political climate all over the world is shifting and you don’t need to be a politician to make a stand. Among the many people using their voice and various creative outlets to fight for everything from women’s rights to diversity, are some of the world’s top fashion designers.

Taking inspiration from the pink “pussy hats,” which became a symbol of unity at the Women’s Marches around the world following the election of President Trump, Missoni sent models down the runway in their own version of the iconic hats. In an interview with Allure, hairstylist Anthony Turner stated that “this is a protest collection. . . We just want to celebrate femininity, individuality, and to celebrate the woman.”

Missoni wasn’t the only fashion house to use the runway as their own private soap box. Prabal Gurung’s finale had his models walking the runway to the sounds of Maya Angelou reciting her poem, “Phenomenal Woman.” Rebecca Minkoff also made a less than subtle political message, sending her models out to Milck and a seven-person harmony’s performance of “Quiet,” the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March.

Nicholas K sent a call to action to the fashion crowd using black and gold berets channelling the Black Panthers. Erin Fetherston promoted unity as well, stating in her show notes, “We are all, foremost, citizens of the world, and we are stronger together.”

Should designers use their influence to promote their own political agenda or should they stick to making dresses and coats?