And that means there may be no industry in the world better equipped — or, at the very least, more reasonably expected — to use its presence for a purpose.
While fashion’s conversations have been largely focused on racial diversity of late, where the work needed has been made more evident in recent years, there is underway in the U.S. what designer Alexis Bittar would consider “a huge swing right,” meaning a move to more conservative ideals. And those movements are increasingly threatening women’s and LGBTQ rights, among other things.
Designer Prabal Gurung would agree with Bittar, “We are living in a most precarious time where the rights of every marginalized and minority group are under attack — whether it is the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade, continuous attacks on trans lives, or LGBTQ rights — the list goes on,” Gurung said.
Gurung continued by emphasizing how crucial it is for the fashion industry to speak up to incur change. “Fashion is one of the most powerful industries when it comes to cultural moments and movements, from what people wear or how they see themselves. It has the capacity to influence billions of people around the globe — thus speaking up and having a continuous, consistent and constant conversation about all of these issues is not only vital, it is morally the right thing to do,” said Prabal Gurung.
At the link in bio, fashion designers collectively weigh in with their thoughts on the state of LGBTQ rights and where the industry stands in it all.