The line between fashion and politics has become more blurred over the years. In 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri became the first female artistic director at Dior , and her debut collection centered on female empowerment for this historic moment at the storied fashion house. In celebration, she designed a T-shirt that said, “We Should All Be Feminists.” In 2017, shortly after the U.S. presidential election the previous November, designers continued to showcase their political stances through fashion. During designer Prabal Gurung ’s Fall 2017 show, he had models Bella Hadid and Candice Huffine walk down the runway wearing shirts that read, “The Future Is Female,” “Our Minds Our Bodies Our Power,” and “Nevertheless, She Persisted.” Celebrity favorite designer Tom Ford , known for his glitzy old Hollywood designs, debuted a chain handbag on his catwalk that said “Pussy Power,” alluding to the pink pussy hats worn during the Women’s March in January 2017. Political statements have also reached far outside the traditional “big four” fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan, and Paris). During Seoul Fashion Week in March earlier this year, Miss Gee Collection debuted two sweaters emblazoned with the words “#MeToo” and “Speak Up” in bold crimson letters in reference to the #MeToo movement that has swept around the globe. This season is no different. New York Fashion Week designers continue to use their catwalk shows to take political stands. Above, we present the political statements made at fashion week so far. Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: • Fashion designer casts all Asian models for historic NYFW show • Political slogan tee strikes at NYFW: ‘Vote for Cynthia’ Nixon • Curvy model causes a stir in ‘Sample-Size’ T-shirt at NYFW’s most diverse show Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of menswear label Pyer Moss, is known for his activism, both on and off the runway. African-American models had gray extensions added to their hair to help “age” them. Lead hairstylist for Metro Look Beauty T. Cooper told Yahoo Beauty, “When I spoke with [Kerby], he said the inspiration for the collection were his parents, so he wanted to age the models a little bit.
Last night, luxury sportswear label Pyer Moss opened its show with something more akin to a sermon, an accusation, and a rallying cry: a nearly ten-minute video about racism and police brutality in America, featuring the now sadly-familiar videos of Eric Garner being choked to death by a white police officer, and a police corporal body-slamming a 14 year-old girl in Texas during a pool party. Pyer Moss creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond told The Guardian that up until a day before the show, he was considering only showing the video, not the clothes he’d spent months designing, and which include his first women’s collection: “I was making a collection [but] I didn’t know I was actually gonna show it. I was gonna kind of like hold up a mirror to the room with a video.” A model at Pyer Moss’ spring 2016 runway show. Photo: Courtesy Pyer Moss.