Fashion Is Activism

 

Fashion As Political Iconography & Pain Relief

 

All pictures courtesy of Blaine Agency

Photographer: Bo Lennert

Stylist: Sara Norup

Makeup & hair: Claudemyr Barata

Model: Kristian Berg from Diva Models 

Words: Tue Elkjær

 
In a world caught between Donald Trump & Greta Thunberg, where political poles are distancing themselves & radicalizing their politics & polemic, in order to distance themselves from each other, we think it’s important to breathe & celebrate. The whole world seems to being to hell in a wicker basket, with climate change deniers vs. environmental activists, capitalists vs. humanists & incels vs. thinking & feeling human beings.

Yes, political polarization seems to have made all social life into a contest, to see who can be most politically outraged & it’s left civilized society more existentially angst-y, then ever.

But, in times of crisis people have historically turned to frivol distractions, while at the same time looking nostalgically back to a better time, which pretty much how fashion  works, if you overlook all those pesky details & grey areas. In times of crisis, the little enjoyments & cos-play of fashion, can really buck up the spirit. Life may look grim, but it’s nothing a little vintage bling can’t help alleviate, which you can maybe mix with some new styles (like a sequin cap), just to boost the economy & your spirit a bit.

Trivial as fashion may sound, it is a fundamental act of expression, where you make your outside mimic how you feel or wan’t to feel. Fashion is also extremely political, not just when Katharine Hamnett is ‘in vogue’, but as an act of consumption. Politics is not just conversation over the (rude) dinner table or ballots in a box, it’s acts.

What we buy, we ourselves & the world becomes. Fashion both a question of taste, as well as political ideology.

 

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All clothes from Bach Copenhagen

 
Blaine Agency x Ugly Fat Magazine

Belt: Vintage from Something Special by Awssi

Shorts: Stylist’s own (vintage)

 

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Trousers: Balmain

Kimono: Stylist’s own

 

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Top: Balenciaga

Blazer: Vintage

Necklace: Vintage from Something Special by Awssi

 

Blaine Agency x Ugly Fat Magazine

Coat: Bach Copenhagen

Trousers: Balmain

 

Blaine Agency x Ugly Fat Magazine

All clothes from Bach Copenhagen

 

Blaine Agency x Ugly Fat Magazine

Cap: Bach Copenhagen

 
Blaine Agency x Ugly Fat Magazine

Cap: Bach Copenhagen

 

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