The Fashion World Hits the Campaign Trail
Considering this election season has been one like no other, it comes as no surprise that authorities and average voices from all aspects of society have taken it upon themselves to advocate for a candidate or cause they feel passionate about. In particular, the fashion industry has become a vocal and influential political force, with major publications like Vogue to designers and models encouraging people to register to vote and endorsing candidates through their creative sensibilities and social media clout.
From Instagram feeds to the DNC stage, fashion industry leaders have embraced incredibly diverse platforms as a means of getting their messages across. On the publication side, the release of US Vogue's latest cover was accompanied by an explicit message for readers to literally get out there and "Vote." In the following days the magazine also announced its formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton, noting: "Vogue has no history of political endorsements... Given the profound stakes of this [election], and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change" (Vogue.com).
This comes as little surprise to those who have kept pace with this election largely through pop culture and fashion industry outlets. During New York Fashion Week, Anna Wintour amassed a handful of designers for an "I'm With Her" inspired runway show, with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Diane von Furstenberg contributing their talents to the cause.
Fashion designers have long supported Clinton's campaign, however. The limited edition Made for History collection features a handful of catchy slogans and artful manipulations of HRC insignia on T-shirts designed by Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung, among others.
On a more informal level, curious social media users can infer industry leader's political leanings from a quick glance at their social media feeds. A quick search for #badgalriri on Instagram reveals a constant stream of photos depicting the musician snapped by paparazzi in a pro-Hillary tee. While it remains to be seen whether or not celebrity endorsements hold any sway over voters, it has been interesting to observe the confluence of political and artistic forces throughout the course of this election. Indeed, the efforts of everyone from Vogue magazine, to high profile designers, models and media stars have transformed the role of fashion in the broader schema of American politics.
What are your opinions about the role of fashion and pop culture in this nation's political discourse? Let us know in the comments below and remember to vote this November!
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