In this blog I will be looking into fashion as an art and also how politics and satire influence it. Or does fashion influence politics?
Donald Trump was elected American President in 2016. His Presidency created a huge uproar. Globally the world was split in two vastly different mindsets about Trump and his seemingly backwards ideas about what was going to happen once he was sworn into power. Through out his campaign he was seen to be quiet threatening to the majority of minorities. Watching Trump supporters most of them appeared to be either upper class white men in suits or middle class working Americans with racist tendencies and ‘Make America Great Again’ t-shirts and caps. These items of clothing are fashion statements themselves. Not to be described as high fashion, but a political statement made with clothing none the less.
One major group of people that felt threatened by Trump were females. His comments about women which were unearthed in the election campaign were nothing short of derogatory and small minded. Of course it was not only women that felt the hatred of Trump, but it is the one that I am going to mainly focus on for this blog post.
‘Nasty Women’ and ‘Grab her by the pussy’ were two quotes from Trump that came to define his political campaign. Supporters wore t-shirts deeming Hilary Clinton to less than
Monica Lewinsky, the woman her husband past President Bill Clinton had an affair with. Women (and men) decided to fight back against the terms used by Trump and his supporters. Choosing to use the phrases to empower themselves and not be a victim of the Trump campaign. Choosing to celebrate being nasty women by embracing the label and wearing outfits deemed to be ‘nasty’.
During Milan Fashion Week in 2017, Italian fashion brand Missoni sent models down the runway wearing pink pussy hats. These hats became famous at the Women’s March in Washington in January against President Trumps election. The pink hat have become iconic with a time where not being the hegemonic ideal is turning to be dangerous. But it is not simply the Trump administration that has inspired fashion to be used as a political statement.
PETA for example has always used clothing (or the lack of it) to get their political messages across about not wearing fur and instead practicing the use of ethical materials for clothing.
Here are more examples of fashion and politics:
I believe that politics does influence fashion, and designers try to influence people and educate them about politics through their clothing. Some brands more than others.