November 21, 2023

Fashion speaks louder than words

Madelaine Atkinson, MA student at the Jimmy Choo Academy (JCA), submitted her showstopper garment: ‘The Uncovered Secrets Sin Cape’. The cape, featuring 802 individually hand-cut shamrock clovers, won her the award.

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Fashion has long been a powerful visual tool for voicing political, social, and cultural issues and opinions. After all, it was Vivienne Westwood who claimed: “I just use fashion as an excuse to talk about politics.”

Clothing goes beyond representing our identity. Designers and brands harness the power of fashion to address social issues and ignite activism. One notable example was Dior’s SS17 runway when Maria Grazia-Chiuri’s creative director debut featured models in slogan tees that heralded ‘we should all be feminists’. An entirely new meaning to the basic ‘tee’, a bold message aligning with feminism.

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