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Prabal Gurung Statement Shirts During New York Fashion Week

Prabal Gurung Statement Shirts During New York Fashion Week

Written and edited  by Aurora Hinz

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - This is for those of you who refuse to recognize that their clothing may actually represent something more than one of the six necessities of human life. We have high hopes of convincing those people that there is more meaning to what we choose to put on our bodies than protection from outdoors elements and unlawful nudity in public places. Fashion and clothing are signs of what is valued, popularized, or even idolized within a given culture of people. The two are intrinsically linked — changing societal values, change fashion.

As we have previously discussed, fashion and politics have historically followed similar parallels. With the changing of the times, so goes the changing of our clothing (yes, this includes you too boys!). Nithyaprakash Venkatasamy, an assistant professor who currently works at the Department of Fashion Technology at the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology points out that fashion trends are carriers of a, “wide-range of ideological meanings. (Venkatasamy, 2015)”.  Venkatasamy goes on to point out that fashion trend forecasting really takes place through ethnographic studies because as our living environment changes, so does our attitude and outlook on life. At any particular point in time, this directly influences the choices we make in what we wear and tells the world who we are. As Henry Navarro Delgado, an assistant professor of fashion at Ryerson University states, “The political dimension of clothing is intuitively understood from the moment individuals are born. Because essentially, human society equals dressed society.” (Ryerson, 2018).

FW2018 Runways

FW2018 Runways

 What we can all apply from this in our daily lives is that our clothing does have a direct impact on the way each of us contributes to the greater society. Someday historians will look back on what each of us was wearing and be able to make sound assumptions about what a daily life might have looked like in 2018. With the current runway trends full of graphic t-shirts that support various social justice movements like feminism, pro-LGBTQ+, and even world peace (always thankful for Vivienne Westwood <3) our clothing is directly reflecting our political views. Thanks to style bloggers, editors, and designers, political clothing is ingrained in our society, maybe now more than ever.

With turbulent times ahead for our world, we have yet to see which trends will stick. Us here at esa know one thing for sure; wearing and buying with our planet in mind will never go out of style. Just like buying t-shirts with catchy slogans like Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists”, make a statement in your wardrobe by choosing to wear clothing that supports our fellow earthlings. Whether this means cutting down on your consumption of fast-fashion or learning how to recycle your garments, let’s make the next big political movement in support of sustainability and ethics.

Questions to take away:

  1. What do you value in your wardrobe and why?

  2. What makes some clothing easier than others to dispose of?

  3. How do you express yourself through what you decide to wear?


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