It’s no secret that the fashion world has aligned itself with the resistance movement. At New York Fashion Week, there has been no shortage of examples. From the CFDA’s pink “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood” pins to the Business of Fashion’s white bandanas for the #TiedTogether campaign to numerous designers using their runways as platforms to speak out, it seems like everywhere you turn, there’s someone lobbying for social justice by wearing their politics on their sleeve. Or coat lapel, for that matter.
If dressing is a powerful act, so too is the lack thereof. Sunday night, one model put this theory to the test by walking the runway in nothing more than gold chains and silky lingerie and then doing the unexpected—she stripped off her bra to reveal two post-mastectomy breasts. The move reflected a seismic shift in attitude: Breasts or no breasts, women should feel empowered. As emotional as it was, the crowd inside the Angel Orensanz Center responded with roaring applause.