As celebrities streamed into the Golden Globes in a sea of black, bringing awareness to sexual assault in the film industry, one woman’s outfit stood out from the rest.
“Nashville” star Connie Britton decided to highlight another hot-button issue by wearing a sweater with the words “Poverty Is Sexist” written on it.
The problem? Not everyone’s convinced by her statement. On Twitter, people saw irony in the cost (the sweater retails for $380 USD, or about $475 CAD) of the cashmere sweater.
However, that was shutdown by one commenter who pointed out it’s a reasonable cost for something ethically made, and the designer also supports charities like Time’s Up with her profits.
BTW if $380 for hand embroidered cashmere that supports the source, supports the makers and supports charity bothers you, I hate to tell you some hard truths about every item of clothing you are currently wearing.
— ️ ♿️✡️ Mx. Amadi (@amaditalks) January 8, 2018
Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, the designer of the Lingua Franca top, told the Los Angeles Times about why she created it.
“I never intended to put political statements on these sweaters. [But] after the election, the mood among our embroiderers was dismal to say the least. We have over 45 women sewing [the sweaters’ slogans by hand], all from diverse backgrounds, and many are immigrants to the U.S,” she said.
Eventually, Britton gave her two cents on the matter.
“For those concerned with the price of my Globes sweater, I just don’t think a $5,000 gown would have added to the conversation in the same way,” she tweeted. “And @linguafrancanyc who designed it, inspired by @ONECampaign, is donating $100 of each purchase to @camfed.”
In all fairness, the sweater did call attention to an important aspect of sexism — it spoke for women are working full-time jobs, caring for children and still living in poverty. It was also sewn by women who are paid a fair wage. To find out more about Lingua Franca’s charitable fashion, visit their website here.