Since the presidential election of Donald Trump there has been a rise in individuals voicing their opinions on political and social rights. This initially was presented via protests and various political environments but, interestingly, politics has transcended into the world of art, most presently, in the fashion world.
As New York Fashion Week slowly comes to an end, I noticed that this year my entire Instagram feed was not simply fashions shows that share a particular stylistic trend for the upcoming season, but instead, many of these shows had much
louder political message about human rights in America. Collections from Calvin Klein, Adam Lippes, Public School, Prabal Gurung and many more all had a strong message about the new political era in America. Politics influencing fashion is something that I feel is particularly striking and shows how pressing the political social issues are to Americans that they have transcended into the world of fashion. Now individuals can bring their political views to their exterior via a piece of clothing they choose to wear.
I am looking to write a front of the book piece on the political influence within the fashion world, at this particular point and time, and researching if this strong political influence was prevalent at any previous point in time as well. Watching and observing many of the fashion shows as well as interviewing individuals who attended will help shape this piece in providing details of the “humans rights” theme in many of the shows.
This piece would cover a few of the fashion shows that raised these social political issues by presenting key pieces of the clothing that presented political messages as well as other details that presented a politicly message such as Calvin Klein’s show that was accompanied by Bowie’s song “This is not America”. Additionally, I would provide background on the reasons for many of these designers choice to intentionally create very political fashion collection. Since this piece heavily discusses the fusion of fashion and politics, this piece could run in style section of a magazine like New York Magazine or in a magazine particularly geared towards fashions such as Vogue.