Fashion Statements for Social Justice is an exhibition created to shed light on the multifaceted, four dimensional, apparel industry and the confines of inequities woven into the fibers of the American justice system.
This exhibition displays how articles of clothing, accessories and beauty products have been used throughout history to both divide and unite, express hate and love through derogatory stereotypes and uplifting words.
There are seven depictions of human beings fighting for human rights, utilizing the intricacies of fashion and beauty. These incidents were the catalyst from which “Fashion Statements 4 Social Justice” was born.
Objects includes a 1918 sewing room in St. Louis, Missouri; A 1926 banana skirt in Paris, France; A 1985 white fitted dress in Paris, France; a 1998 pair of blue jeans in Rome, Italy; a 2012 dark gray hooded sweatshirt in Sanford, Florida; a 2014 t-shirt with three words in Ferguson, Missouri; and finally, A 2017 pink knitted hat in Washington, DC.
The fashion statements made in this exhibit is more critical than before, due to the speed of communication through social media. These circumstances include a July 2016 black puffy jacket by Montcler; an October 2017 body lotion by Dove; a January 2018 green hooded sweatshirt by H&M; a December 2018 brown key chain by Prada; a February 2019 black sweater by Gucci; a February 2019 pair of black shoes by Katy Perry; and finally a February 2019 brown hooded sweatshirt by Burberry.
The exhibition also includes the work of Lindenwood University’s fashion design students. Students were charged with researching fashion designers from the past to create a four look collection with a conceptualized modernity. Due to the current mishaps by iconic fashion houses, the work of our students is critical to the future of fashion and most importantly, freedom and justice for all.