5 designers who aren't afraid to make noise for a cause
Activism is always in for these 5 inspiring designers who have taken initiative to use their influence as a means to make social, environmental and political change. These designers know that if we’re going to change the world, we might as well look good while doing it. Whether it be overfishing, LGBT rights or fracking, there is no cause that is too big to fight for these innovative and informed fashion icons.
We love Westwood‘s fashion, but we may love her dedication to activism even more. The English punk-queen has never been one to keep quiet, especially when it comes to climate change. Yesterday, Westwood organized an anti-fracking protest in London, to oppose this controversial process of extracting oil from the earth. And last year, for her AW14 collection, the designer sent out invitations that started with, "We’ve got to talk about Fracking.”
After the tragic earthquake that hit Kathmandu several days ago, over 4,000 have been reported dead and over 9,000 have been reported injured. The mass devastation has inspired designer Prabal Gurung, who was raised in Kathmandu, to launch a campaign to provide aid to the affected and displaced. Gurung is using CrowdRise in attempt to raise $500,000, and he is well on his way. Go here to donate.
At her FW15 collection debut, the British fashionista and rock-n-roll heiress Stella McCartney, turned her runway into a animal rights campaign by emphasizing the use of synthetic leathers and faux-fur in her designs. The vegetarian proclaimed, "Modern fake fur looks so much like real fur, that the moment it leaves the atelier no one can tell it’s not the real thing.” — who would want the real thing anyway when her collection looks this good?
Discrimination sure ain’t chic and Marc Jacobs knows it. Over the past few years, the politically charged brand has collaborated with the Human Rights Campaign, generously donating 100% of the proceeds to the non-profit, to create limited edition T-shirts supporting LGBT rights. The tees used graphics and slogans like, "I pay my taxes, I want my RIGHTS!” and "If Dad says no, ask Dad" to support same-sex marriage.
Gone fishing? Not on Kenzo’s watch. The SS14 Kenzo collection was not only on trend, but also environmentally conscious. The French-Japanese fashion powerhouse designed several fish motifs and printed them on various crew necks to promote awareness of overfishing, donating most of the proceeds to the Blue Marine Foundation, a marine preservation charity based in the UK.
Photography courtesy of Marc Jacobs, Kenzo and Stella McCartney