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Does Fashion Have a Place in Politics?

Does Fashion Have a Place in Politics?
Whilst some may argue that fashion and politics have no business being mentioned in the same sentence- I disagree. My interest in fashion from a young age stemmed from a fascination in clothing’s purpose beyond the practical. I’ve always been intrigued by the way personal style acts as a non-verbal rhetoric that we use to communicate who we are with each other. Psychologist have deduced that it takes us just 3 seconds to make a judgment about someone based on their appearance. That’s a snap judgment, but a judgment nonetheless. And whilst it may seem depressingly shallow, humans are intrinsically wired to decipher things like gender, social class and status symbols from each other’s appearance- and clothes play a large part in this. Much like politics, fashion is paradoxically elitist whilst also being democratic. But whilst our personal style decisions can be quite subtle and even subconscious, politician’s sartorial choices are often much more considered than it appears.

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Fashion’s most iconic political statements As the date of the UK election draws nearer, politicians have turned their attention to fashion and pop culture in an attempt to wrest the youth vote. David Cameron has claimed Kardashian kinship, Nick Clegg has starred in an “Uptown Funk” election anthem, and the Labour Party has channelled Katharine Hamnett with their “Hell Yes” slogan tee. These recent antics come as no surprise – fashion and politics have long been linked. Last week we paid tribute to Dame Vivienne Westwood’s best protests, one of the great masters of using fashion as a vehicle for social commentary. Fashion Show Review, Ready-to-Wear - Autumn 2016 MILAN, Italy — For all that it was a triumphant return to form, Miuccia Prada's menswear show in January turned out to be a mere appetiser for the deeper, richer women's collection she showed tonight.‎ That was partly a reflection of her own feelings: "A woman is so much more complex than a man. She has to be a mother, a lover, a worker, a beauty..." But it was the way the clothes mirrored those multi-facets — and the emotional states that accompany them — that made the show a tour de force.

How PETA Won the Angora Debate and What It Means for Fashion NEW YORK, United States — In the spring of 2016, a group of top-tier fashion executives convened in midtown Manhattan for a closed-door meeting. The conversation centred on the treatment of animals and the ethics policies they had in place. It was clear that many brands felt more pressure than ever to cooperate with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — the international non-profit organisation widely known as PETA. “Look at what PETA did to angora,” one executive said. “They virtually wiped it out.” Indeed, in 2013, PETA took on the trade in angora rabbit fur in what proved to be one of its most successful campaigns, releasing a video of a rabbit in China — the world's top producer of angora wool — being tortured and mutilated, its fur hand-plucked from its body.

General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels Conservatives How can you redesign a label for today, if the spectre of a past leader’s greatest hits overshadows your own? That’s the question David Cameron must be asking himself, as he presents his 2015 line for the Conservatives. Margaret Thatcher’s legacy looms large – Right-to-Buy, the 1980 label she and the Tories will forever be associated with, is overdue a revival. At least, in Cameron’s mind. Why Brexit is good for the fashion industry On the eve of the EU referendum in June during London Collections Men it wasn’t hard to gauge which direction the fashion pack was leaning. Unsurprisingly, thanks to factors such as the EU support of many of the initiatives of the British Fashion Council (BFF) and the fact that myriad young designers work with factories and suppliers from Lithuania to Lisbon, the community is an outward-looking and inclusive bunch. Indeed, during the campaign the BFC reported that of the near-500 designers it polled, 90 per cent planned to vote for Remain. Now the world has changed and in the face of a probable Brexit, whatever individual’s feelings may be the UK fashion industry has to start accentuating the positive. An obvious short-term silver lining is the weakness of sterling on the international markets has made London a bargain bonanza for shoppers paying in dollars, euros and yuans while reports are that e-tailing is booming. Astonishingly, the effects were almost instantaneous.

Karl Lagerfeld on fashion, brexit and feline muses Euronews – Isabelle Kumar He’s an icon – often described as the Kaiser – The Emperor in German- because when you are creative director to some of the most important Haute coutures houses in the world – Fendi, Chanel and your own label – you can really say that you rule the fashion world. We are in Rome to celebrate 90 years of Fendi – and are going to meet none other than Karl Lagerfeld. Karl Lagerfeld many thanks for being with us in the Global Conversation. The meaning of luxury We are here in Rome to celebrate 90 years of Fendi, a company we associate with luxury but what does luxury mean to you? Karl Lagerfeld Fendi is a good example of what luxury can and should be.

Political Movements in Fashion Can fashion have a political conscience? The question is a recurring one, and the answers are all too often clichéd. Examples of the industry’s insensitivity and lack of sympathy (or knowledge) towards social and political realities surface regularly in the media, and stories about blackface editorials and articles praising the “beauty” and “philanthropy” of the wives of Middle East dictators make the movie Zoolander look like a realistic take on the fashion world. Fashtivism: "I just use fashion as an excuse to talk about politics" When a band of beautiful, angry young women storm the streets holding placards, the world listens. Undeniably, it helps when the chief firebrand is a supermodel. Yesterday in Paris, the cradle of protest, Cara Delevingne led an uprising; dressed for battle in a power suit with her megaphone held high. A line of the best-dressed protesters in recent history followed in her wake brandishing signs demanding “divorce for all”, “history, her story” and “match the machos”.

From the Archives: Political Powerhouses in Vogue As the U.S. team heads to Rio in pursuit of its sixth back-to-back gold, all eyes are on Elena Delle Donne. By the time their daughter was standing two heads above her fellow kindergartners, Elena Delle Donne’s parents knew she was an unusual child, and were not terribly surprised when, aged ten, Elena joined a basketball team and led it to place third in the national championships. Recently voted Most Valuable Player of the Women’s National Basketball Association, Elena is currently poised to lead the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team to collect its sixth consecutive gold in Rio. “She is a once-in-a generation type of player,” says NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. “She’s a Steph Curry.” In an unlikely twist for somebody with Marvel-comic physical gifts, Elena’s life has also been shaped by extreme physical disability.

After Brexit, which way for fashion? The impact of Brexit on the fashion industry is daunting, brain-scrambling and multi-levelled. The industry directly contributed £28bn to the UK’s economy in 2015 and employs 880,000 in roles from manufacturing to retail. For many British designers and stores, there will be an immediate hit on costs and margins. From Chanel to Westwood, 5 times fashion week was about making a political statement Every fashion week, designers and brands from around the globe, from Kanye West to H&M, strive to put on a headline-generating show. For some, that means having a model spin through the air, or projecting images right onto the models themselves. Designers have literally set stages on fire in hopes of getting people's attention. While some designers have used their platforms to shock or excite their audiences, other designers have used their platforms to start a conversation about the day's politics. Over the past few years in particular, designers have started to make fashion statements at their shows that meld with political statements, whether that means writing on a T-shirt or even unfurling a banner after a show. Here are just five examples of designers making their shows at fashion week about much more than just clothes.

How Brexit may affect the British fashion industry ondon has been long considered one of the world’s fashion and financial capitals, as one of the world’s most creative and vibrant cities. But what will the Brexit vote mean globally for “Brand Britain”? While facing reputational damage in Europe following the UK’s vote to exit the European Union, London’s perception as a cosmopolitan, multicultural hub has been dealt a second blow as the spate of racially motivated hate crimes make headlines around the world.

decoding jera: can fashion and politics really mix? Fashion and politics don't often mix, Politics with a capital P that is. Not that they shouldn't, or can't, but in an industry obsessed with the relationships between signifiers and signified, visual codes and their meanings, the obscure aesthetics of beauty and the relationship designers have to their own and each other's histories, the directness and simplicity of protest often feels at odds with everything else we see. So much more considered, quieter, and reverential than the bluntness of the issues that make up Politics. And this is most true at a catwalk show - so staged and otherworldly - requiring, like a trip to the theatre to see Shakespeare, a suspension of disbelief to understand and admire what we see. That's why the simplicity and forcefulness of a moment of direct action, puncturing that suspension, bending the rules of fashion's game, creates such a stir.

Fashion, Politics to Dedicate 2017 to Women - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2016-17 by Lebanese international fashion designer Elie Saab. London-While all Parisians have transformed into political analysts talking about Brexit and its repercussions on lifestyle and fashion, fashion designers and the U.K. said that the coming years will be dedicated to women. Britain has made its decision and appointed a woman, “Theresa May,” as a prime minister for the first time since Thatcher. Fashion, on the other hand, celebrated femininity through romantic outfits shining with optimism, drifting away from a reality burdened by economic regression and terrorist attacks around the world. The fashion shows of Dior, Atelier Versace, Armani, Ralph & Russo, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab and others have transformed Paris into an oasis to escape; not only from the sad, complicated reality, but also from the trending “sports fashion”. Inspired by the fifties, designers have gone above and beyond to meet the demands of today’s classic women.

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