Protest on the Runway

In 2014 Karl Lagerfeld was critiqued for using feminist protest in his Chanel runway show.  The immediacy and profound meaning of protest imagery was coopted to sell clothing.

guardian chanel.jpegimage from The Guardian

In an interesting twist this year there was a return to actual political demonstration on the runway.  Last month , a young model / musician named Raury staged a real protest in the middle of Dolce and Gabbana’s runway.  Dolce and Gabbana have dressed Melania Trump and anticipating the controversy, sold a shirt that said “#Boycott Dolce and Gabbana,” mocking the idea of boycotting.  Raury wrote “I am not your scapegoat” and “Give me freedom” on his body.  In an interview with GQ, he stated “Me, as a young man from Stone Mountain, Georgia, the birthplace of the Klu Klux Klan, I really felt this mockery of boycotting. Who knows, if boycotts didn’t happen, if Rosa Parks and M.L.K. didn’t step up…who knows if I would even exist. Boycotting matters. Boycotting is real. Dolce’s entire campaign says it’s not real.”Dolce & Gabbana - Runway - Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018image from Time

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