Fashion Statements for Social Justice is an exhibition created to shed light on the multifaceted, four dimensional, apparel and beauty industries and the confines of social inequalities woven into the fibers of global justice or the lack there of.
This exhibition displays how articles of clothing, accessories and beauty products have been used throughout history to both divide and conquer, unite and empower, through derogatory stereotypes, racial and gender biases and the perceived idealogy of human equality, in America and around the world.
There are several depictions of human beings fighting for human rights, utilizing the intricacies of fashion and beauty. These incidents were the catalyst from which Fashion Statements for Social Justice was born.
Fashion symbols of justice denied and time reclaimed with persistence, are laced throughout the exhibition. Some of the most poignant times in history are highlighted with representations akin to the following: A 1918 sewing room in St. Louis, Missouri. A 1926 banana skirt in Paris, France. A 1985 white fitted dress also 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. All worn with pride, in the face of adversity, violation, and an untimely death.
Fashion Statements for Social Justice is more critical than before, due to the speed of communication through social media. Additional ergregious incidents, which spread with the click of a button 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 keychain 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. As noted, most of the recent incidents occurred in February, by accident or intentionally.
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.
An added experience to this exhibition is a sneak peak into the “Adventures of Wynk” by Shevare’ Perry, a Lindenwood University Adjunct Professor in the Fashion Business and Design Program and a burgeoning entrepreneur. Professor Perry’s “Adventures of Wynk” solo exhibition will take place in October 2019. Be sure to check back for details.