“FUCK TRUMP” read the dress on the invite to R13’s Spring 2017 show. The garment came down the runway with a capsule collection of similar statement clothes (“God Save America” was another slogan that appeared) in a bold declaration that designer Chris Leba felt necessary. A couple of days later, John Targon and Scott Studenberg of Baja East took their bow wearing matching “Be With Her” tees (now available for pre-order on their website), a nod to Clinton’s campaign.
Particularly in New York and London, politics were unavoidable on the runway. Policies and issues were at the forefront of public discourse in both cities, with the former heading towards a major vote, and the latter reeling from the results of one.
Of course, this isn’t the first time political issues have been addressed through fashion. In fact, the Museum at FIT built a whole exhibit around the topic in 2009, titled Fashion and Politics. While many with an opinion have not been shy in the past about integrating their beliefs into their work, it seems that during the Spring 2017 shows, more and more designers decided to use the runway as a platform for more than just clothes.