Summer A La Mode Pt. 3: Breaking Barriers (NSFW)


Warning: This article might get political, and by that, I mean it is definitely getting political.

I recently finished watching the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale. If you are not well versed in the fuckery that is not only a new original series presented by Hulu, but the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, I highly suggest you sit down with your wine, beer, or spirit, and cry at the absolute horror of it all.

You might be asking yourself now, “what the hell does this have to do with fashion?” or “why is this chick even bringing up some extreme tv show to talk about STRUT?” Here’s the thing. The whole entire show is a message about where this country can go if we sit by thinking “oh it can’t get that bad,” but also shines a light on what can happen if we stand up regardless of how bad it can get.

At the last Summer A La Mode show, we were presented the designs of Gin Martini and Newbox. Having arrived early, I was able to witness the models and designers diligently prepare for the show, and even got to speak to Gin. It is what she said that struck a chord in me about the current state of our country.

We didn’t talk about politics or what’s going on currently in government, we just talk about the clothes. As she spoke about the passion she has for her art, and about how her clothes are meant to be a window of opportunity of freedom through expression for those wearing her designs, I began to think about how beautiful her reasoning for what she does is.

“My designs are meant to get people to reach a part of themselves they didn’t know existed…to create a world where people can come out of their shell and come together,” Gin said.

And that’s what made this show, amongst all the others, that much more amazing. The androgyny of it all was a big “fuck you” to those who judge people for being different. The gender fluidity, and the breaking of traditional rules, made a statement that said, we are who we are, and we won’t apologize or stand down.

With those currently ruling the White House blatantly ignoring Pride month, and making it a “sin” for people to love who they choose to love, it is not a time to be afraid, but a time to fight back in every way possible. This fashion show, with its complete and utter acceptance for whoever you choose to be, and showcasing designers who believe the same, is a perfect example of how this world can become a better place.

It may be small in retrospect, but it was an example of people refusing to be afraid and let fear control their lives, which in today’s America is rare and much needed. We tend to be afraid of the consequence more than the action, but no change can come if we sit by idly fearing the worst. Let them ridicule us for being who we are, let them spit their negativity in our direction, but let us not allow it to hide the beauty in our differences.

As I’ve immersed myself at these fashion shows over the last three weeks, I’ve just noticed more and more that STRUT is an outlet for this fight in its own way. These designers and fashion enthusiasts, break the barriers and don’t care about what people think. They represent a part of our society that is vitally important for change. They are fearless, bold, and unapologetic. They are not to be laughed at, but an inspiration to be looked up to. They create an atmosphere of “us” instead of “them” and there is nothing more important than this genuine acceptance for all.

Written by: Anna Clarke
Photos by: Jesse Greene

 

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