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From 'No on Kavanaugh' to 'Stop calling 911 on the culture': NYFW is all about political statements

Julie Tong
Yahoo Lifestyle

The line between fashion and politics has become more blurred over the years.

In 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri became the first female artistic director at Dior, and her debut collection centered on female empowerment for this historic moment at the storied fashion house. In celebration, she designed a T-shirt that said, “We Should All Be Feminists.”

In 2017, shortly after the U.S. presidential election the previous November, designers continued to showcase their political stances through fashion. During designer Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2017 show, he had models Bella Hadid and Candice Huffine walk down the runway wearing shirts that read, “The Future Is Female,” “Our Minds Our Bodies Our Power,” and “Nevertheless, She Persisted.” Celebrity favorite designer Tom Ford, known for his glitzy old Hollywood designs, debuted a chain handbag on his catwalk that said “Pussy Power,” alluding to the pink pussy hats worn during the Women’s March in January 2017.

Political statements have also reached far outside the traditional “big four” fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan, and Paris). During Seoul Fashion Week in March earlier this year, Miss Gee Collection debuted two sweaters emblazoned with the words “#MeToo” and “Speak Up” in bold crimson letters in reference to the #MeToo movement that has swept around the globe.

This season is no different. New York Fashion Week designers continue to use their catwalk shows to take political stands. Above, we present the political statements made at fashion week so far.

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Pyer Moss

During Pyer Moss’s SS19 show, designer Kerby Jean-Raymond made a powerful political statement by presenting a T-shirt that read, “Stop calling 911 on the culture.” This is a reference to the several cases within the past year when police were called on black men and women. Two notable examples took place in April, when a white woman called the police on a black family having a barbecue in Oakland, Calif., and when two black men were waiting for a friend at Starbucks and an employee called 911. (Photo: Getty)

‘See us now?’

In another look, a male model walks down the Pyer Moss runway wearing an all-white ensemble with a white cummerbund asking the question, “See us now?” (Photo: Getty)

Weeksville

Pyer Moss’s show was held at the Weeksville Heritage Center, a historical site in Brooklyn. Weeksville is one of the first free black communities in America. In this collection, he wanted to portray the everyday lives of African-Americans as free individuals, as illustrated on this dress, where a father lovingly holds his baby. (Photo: Getty)

‘Negro Motorist Green Book’

Jean-Raymond was inspired by the “Negro Motorist Green Book,” which was a guide for African-American tourists traveling through the U.S. during the mid-1900s to help them find safe places to stay and eat when many parts of the country were still segregated. (Photo: Getty)

Jeremy Scott

At Jeremy Scott’s Spring 2019 show, models wore sweaters, jackets, bodysuits, and more emblazoned with action words like “Riot, “Resist,” and “Shock.” (Photo: Getty)

’60s protest

The political messaging saying to “resist” and “revolt” is also translated to Scott’s menswear; a model is seen here wearing an army-green bomber jacket and black trousers with similar language plastered throughout his clothing. (Photo: Getty)

‘No on Kavanaugh’

At the end of his show, Jeremy Scott walked the runway wearing a T-shirt that read, “Tell Your Senator No on Kavanaugh 202-902-7129.” The phone number refers you to the office of one of your senators so that you can express your opinion on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s controversial nominee for Supreme Court justice. (Photo: Getty)

‘Vote for Cynthia’

During Christian Siriano’s Spring 2019 show at Gotham Hall in New York City, the designer presented a model wearing a black T-shirt that read, “Vote for Cynthia,” in reference to New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. (Photo: Getty)

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon attended Christian Siriano’s show and sat in the front row alongside, from left, Carmen Electra, Judith Light, Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish, and Sarah Hyland. (Photo: Getty)

‘I’m Voting for Cynthia’

At the end of his show, Christian Siriano walked the runway wearing his own statement T-shirt that read, “I’m Voting for Cynthia.” The 2018 New York gubernatorial primary is taking place on Sept. 13. (Photo: Getty)

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