Feminism’s Fashion Moment

  Words by Elizabeth Pollard


New season, new trends and spring/summer 2015 was no different. But instead of the latest cut of a dress or season colour to sweep the industries ‘must have’ lists, it’s to get on board of with the feminist revival. From editorial rebrands, to the #heforshe campaign,  #banbossy, ‘Free the Nipple’ and protests on the runway; it’s about time the fashion industry got political and fought for women’s rights. Here are just a few examples of women in action.

Chanel Suffragettes
Nothing is taken seriously in fashion until Kaiser Karl gets behind it and feminism is no different. Sending his troupe of the world’s most famous supermodels down the runway carrying picket signs and megaphones was hardly a subtle nod to his support of the #heforshe campaign, introduced by Emma Watson at the UN last month.

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Not That Kind Of Girl
Lena Dunham personifies the word ‘feminism’. From normalising body types with her on-screen nudity to perfectly accurate representations of young women in ‘Girls’, Dunham embracing our femininity. To add to this, last week was the release of her first book ‘Not That Kind Of Girl’; a book of essays that wonderfully details the trials and tribulations of an adolescent girl entering womanhood – warts ‘n’ all.

Thea, Norway’s First 12 Year Old Bride
International aid organisation, Plan, successfully drew attention to the issue of child brides by staging a marriage between 12 year old, Norwegian, Thea and her 37 year old ‘husband to be’. Thea kept a log of her thoughts and feeling about her upcoming nuptials on her blog,  blogtheasbryllup.blogg.no, to an outraged international audience. It was then revealed that the wedding (which coincided with the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child) was designed to stir such a reaction in order to get people talking. With 1 in 3 girls forced into marriage before they are 18 in developing countries, they’re chance of an education is stripped and will often enter a world of poverty and violence (plan-uk.org)

The Pervert Backlash
Terry Richardson and Dov Charney are two of the industries most accepted perverts. They objectify women and takes advantage of the young, beautiful and vulnerable. It’s not unusual behavior from men in power throughout history, but they are to be made an example of. Read more about Richardson’s bad behaviour here.

Angelina Jolie Is Made An Honorary Dame
It’s no secret that Jolie is an international activist and UN ambassador. At the recent Global Summit, she turned her attention to a plea to end sexual violence. In recognition of her work, Queen Elizabeth II presented her with “Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George”.

I think it’s fair to say feminism is having a moment in fashion, Emily Dickinson be proud.


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