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Episode 007 | Wearing Our Politics

This week’s guest… no one! I take a stab at a solo episode.

At the 2018 Golden Globes, celebrities and industry members alike wore black in solidarity with the #TimesUp movement. Was this a successful sartorial stand? Or was this another example of putting on a costume/identity for social capital? Today I ask the question: can we wear our politics? Looking at couture, mainstream t shirts, and identity politics through the lens of Dress (as defined by Eicher and Roach-Higgns) I try to answer this question.

Misc. Mentions:


Business of Fashion: The Power and Problems of Protest Dressing

The New York Times: Feminist T-Shirt Resurfaces from the 70’s

Paper Mag: Prabal Gurung’s “The Future is Female” T-Shirt Looks Awfully Familiar

Vanity Fair: Dior Isn’t Giving Up on Feminist Fashion


The Future is Female T-shirt

Original "The Future is Female" tee from 1975.
Original “The Future is Female” tee from 1975.
Cara Delevigne and Adwoa Aboah (both models) wearing Delevigne's version of the tee.
Cara Delevigne and Adwoa Aboah (both models) wearing Delevigne’s version of the tee.
Annie Clark (St. Vincent) wearing Delevigne's sweatshirt.
Annie Clark (St. Vincent) wearing Delevigne’s sweatshirt.
Chanel SS15 runway "protest"
Chanel SS15 runway “protest”
Dior SS17, Chiuri's first show.
Dior SS17, Chiuri’s first show.
Dior SS18.
Dior SS18.
Prabal Gurung FW17.
Prabal Gurung FW17.

Academic Research: 

Groeneveld, Elizabeth. “‘Be a Feminist or Just Dress like One’: BUST, Fashion and Feminism as Lifestyle.” Journal of Gender Studies 18, no. 2 (June 2009): 179–90. 

Loke, Jaime, Ingrid Bachmann, and Dustin Harp. “Co-Opting Feminism: Media Discourses on Political Women and the Definition of a (New) Feminist Identity.” Media, Culture & Society 39, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 122–32.

Roach-Higgins, Eicher. “Dress and Identity.” Fairchild Publications, 1995.


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