It is no secret that fashion and politics have been intertwined for decades. We have seen a rise in protest dressing more than ever before with the introduction of social media.
South Africa is not a stranger to protest dressing. 2019 came with the tragic news of brutal attacks on women in South Africa. This not only sent shockwaves through the country but also sparked a strong movement in the fight against gender-based violence.
With “femicide” becoming an unfortunate reality in the country, masses of women took to the streets and parliament in protest dressed in all black clothing. This was also the case in 2017 when people around the world joined in a global protest against gender-based violence after the murder of about 87000 women and girls.
Some people have incorporated political dressing into their daily lives which continues to bring attention to pressing social issues. Some of these examples are white bandanas tied to jeans or bags which signify inclusion, as well as the more common statement t-shirt, which not only looks good but sends a strong message.
This proves that now more than ever, fashion is a strong voice that can effect change. How are you using your voice?