• 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?  
  • Larissa Joassaint

    I don’t understand the notion that people should just ‘stick to their day job’. Everyone has their own opinions on matters, and if they own the business and believe their cause is worth using their platform, then they have that right. Everyone is not classified under one category only. There are multiple adjectives and nouns that used to describe each individual. I say we stop trying to put people in a little box, and let them stand up for their cause!

  • Katina Davenport

    Phenomenal Woman by Mya Angelou has been one of my favorite poems. It would be interesting to see how this was used in a runway show, I was in a wedding where the bride walked down to that poem. She felt empowered to go into her marriage successfully, and I am sure the ladies on the runway felt empowered as well.

  • I think the creative industries are always the ones to stand up and let their voices be heard. I think politics runs through everything we say and do

  • I think anyone (regardless of whether they have influence or not) should be allowed to voice their political stance. As long as it’s not harming anyone, at the end of the day it’s a free world and we are entitled to free speech.

  • Gloria Gordon

    Prabal Gurung had it right. No matter our stance or belief, we should still be free to voice or show our opinion.

  • Meg Miller

    I think it is their social responsibilities as someone a part of society to voice their opinions. It’s no different than if you or I got into a discussion on social media and it got shared a million times. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion the only difference is more people are willing to listen to the designers than an average Joe.

  • Nikia Hill

    I think that fashion should be a reflection of what’s going on in the world. More like statement pieces. It’s a way to express yourself and how you feel at that moment. So if you are sad, where all black. If you are happy, wear white. And if you are anti war, wear colorful colors that represent love.