In a time of uncertainty and controversy, we need to use our voices and various platforms to spread messages of positivity and change. A change that should have happened decades ago. A conversation about diversity in 2017 shouldn’t even be an issue, but the reality that it still is should raise the question, why? Why is society stagnate yet appearing to move forward? Designer Ashish spoke his views on diversity in fashion, touching upon the issue of race one afternoon with Creativity Works: Fashion. It was clear to see that the interview styled talk with Ashish and Refinery29 definitely resonated with me, as well as my peers.
The SS17 collection was a direct response to Brexit, heartbroken by the results, Ashish had a message to spread, one of inclusivity. Breaking the ignorance of the masses, Ashish brought positivity to a negative situation, through a politically charged catwalk. The collection and set design celebrated Indian culture as it was (and still is) among one of the elements that created the British nation. Rather than creating aspirational fashion like fellow creatives, he decided to embrace multiculturalism and unity through the casting process. The fashion industry is in a state of flux, there is such a narrow view of beauty that they still feel the need to term certain projects diverse. I’m unfamiliar with the term diversity as all I see is normality, unfortunately, the runway doesn’t reflect that (with the exception of a few). The AW17 collection continued to celebrate multiculturalism, love, and togetherness, through uplifting statements such as ‘Love Sees No Colour’, ‘University In Adversity’ and ‘Pussy Grabs Back’. With activism in fashion being so trendy, it was interesting to see all the statements being circulated by various brands. Ashish conveyed his political frustrations through the childhood story The Wizard of Oz, as the message behind the story is fuelled by courage and strength. A heartfelt lesson that needed to be circulated, in addition to being a voice for the voiceless in a turmoil time with Trump’s presidency, post-Brexit, and the Muslim Ban.
Images from ASHISH WEBSITE
No matter how little, how do you spread positivity within society?
Until next time, stay blessed and classy,