A year since Trump’s election: How has the fashion world reacted?

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Today marks a year since the US election and the day that sent shockwaves – and fear – around the world when it was announced that Donald Trump would be the next President.

With travel bans and countless controversial tweets, the world grows more and more shocked with the radical actions of Trump, and the fashion industry is no different. Key fashion figures, from designers to editors, have made their views loud and clear.

During the FW17 fashion shows, many designers displayed protest collections. In Prabal Gurung’s show, the catwalk was emblazoned with slogan t-shirts very much aimed at the President, including “Revolution has no borders”, “I am an immigrant”, and “This is what a feminist looks like.”

In the Missoni show, the models sported pink pussy hats in the brand’s signature zigzag knits during the finale, and each seat in the building had one too in a symbol of solidarity for women’s rights. The same style of hats were also worn by thousands during the Women’s March on Washington in January.

Angela Missoni added a note of positivity in the show’s closing speech by saying: “In a time of uncertainty, there is a bond between us that can keep us strong and safe: the bond that unites those that respect the human rights of all. Let’s show the world that the fashion community is united and fearless.”

Street savvy clothing line, Public School also made a clear political statement with their, ‘We need leaders’ mantra. At ‘Tommyland’, Tommy Hilfiger’s show in Los Angeles, models wore white bandanas around their wrists in a declaration of solidarity and inclusivity.

Soon after the election results, Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said: “I worry about his position on immigration and how it will impact the workforce of our industry from garment workers to design students who come here to study and want to stay. I worry about the image of American brands abroad. I worry about his position on trade and how it will impact the supply chain. And I hope with all my heart that he can put aside his ugly rhetoric and bring the country together so all Americans can live their lives freely as they choose.”

In an act of defiance, designers such as Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford have both said that they have no interest in dressing the First Lady Melania Trump.

Following suit, US Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour has not been afraid to voice her opinion. For the first time in its history last year, Vogue magazine officially endorsed a political candidate, choosing to support Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, and it looks like her feelings haven’t changed. When featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden last month, the highly influential editor revealed that she would not invite Donald Trump back to the infamous Met Gala.

Resistance to the Trump presidency is showing no signs of slowing down, and it seems fashion’s political messages aren’t going anywhere either.


Words by: Rebecca Curry

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