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What would justice look like if you wore it?

Since the 1960s, people have been voicing the injustices of governments, businesses, and social entities in a way that revolutionized the fashion industry by protesting and lending their voice to a cause by, literally, wearing it on their sleeves.

The Protest in Fashion Show will be a timeline of the unlikely fashion protest item, the t-shirt, and take you through seven eras whose justice movements and their fashion statements sent a message in their respective times that dressing up and being part of a cause fashionably, can be just as powerful and effective as gathering and marching.

The Protest in Fashion Show will also focus on the aspect of freedom regarding expression both inside and outside the fashion world. Designers will address the emotional aspect of freedom, combining colors and textures to tell stories of how dressing up the scars of oppression and incarceration frees the mind and gives introspection on individuality.

The Show will also address economic fashion injustice—how we are constantly flooded with brands, labels, body images, high prices, and sexuality in mainstream America—with models from all walks of life showing that whether on or off the catwalk that “thrift-hip” style doesn’t necessarily mean drab or boring.

The Protest in Fashion Show is a community event utilizing the artistic values of other local artists and merchants to bring attention to social justice issues.

Contacts
EdVetté: edvettej@gmail.com
AnnMarie Brown: abrown@circlesandciphers.org
Mary Opalk: Maryopalk18@gmail.com