Where fashion meets politics

The Met Gala took place in New York last week Monday and we loved watching celebs strut their stuff on the, um, beige carpet. 👀 Kim Kardashian’s all-black outfit complete with full face covering launched a thousand memes, But our winner was US socialist-leaning congresswomen, and all-round badass, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC, as she’s known by her army of fans, pitched up in a white gown with the words “tax the rich” emblazoned in red on the back. The dress was borrowed from conscious label Brother Vellies. The black designer and activist behind the dress, Aurora James, accompanied AOC to the event. It was a massive conversation starter. Some called her out for hypocrisy for attending the event in the first place (she was invited as a rep from the area). We think it was a pretty thoughtful response to, as she put it, being a woman of colour from a working-class background in such an elite space. 

Afghanistan woman are also using fashion to make a statement, in an online movement called #DoNotTouchMyClothes to protest the Taliban’s recent occupation of that country. Afghan women across the world post pictures of themselves in colourful traditional attire to reclaim their identities in the wake of the Taliban’s violent takeover of Kabul and its crackdown on women’s rights. The Taliban, which recently announced an all-male government, said that women would not be allowed to hold high positions in government and universities would be gender-segregated. 

We love these women’s fighting spirit. ✊

This article appeared as part of The Wrap,16 September 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.