2016 was the year of fashion activism. In the wake of Brexit, Trump, Aleppo, the migrant crisis and police brutality, designers and activists are speaking out and using fashion as their vehicle for expression.
Over the last year we have seen; the rise of collections challenging prescriptive ideas of black identity; the emergence of a ‘pussyhat’ worn by thousands of protestors at the women’s march as a symbol of solidarity and political resistance; and t-shirts promoting left-wing politicians, peace in the Middle East and the importance of the National Health Service.
Combining political statements and playful slogans with unique shapes, materials and colours, these design objects are challenging social stereotypes and having a profound impact on contemporary politics.
Part of the exhibition programme for Beazley Designs of the Year.
Image credit | Unsplash, Roya Ann Miller