Every city has certain characteristics that set them apart from one another. These unique city traits lead to fashion trends. For instance, Los Angeles is home to Hollywood and many turn to movie stars and celebrities for their fashion inspirations. Washington D.C. may not be as glamorous as Hollywood, but it is the Nation’s Capital where politics happen.
Politics does not immediately relate to a fashionable lifestyle. However politics can lead to fashion trends. Any political heated debate that is occurring now on Capitol Hill can lead to designer inspiration. Take a look at the long political debate on the legalization of gay marriage. The colors that symbolize gay rights are bright bold rainbow colors. Designers may incorporate these bold colors into their collections. Now designers may not be sending the message if they are for gay rights by using these colors in their collection, but they may be inspired to use the color palette.
Another debate on Capitol Hill is the presence of the United States military in the Middle East. The military look has been a repeated trend over the seasons. For example, this Fall we are seeing a lot of military inspired coats and outerwear. Now designers are creating these military inspirations not so much to message their beliefs on the war with the Middle East, but more so the showcase the straight silhouettes and trimmings found in military wear. However there are other cases in which fashion pieces directly send a political message.
Take a look at the most recent political policy that involves both gay rights and the military. The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy recently was repealed, allowing gay’s to openly serve in the military. At last year’s VMA Awards, fashion and music icon Lady Gaga chose to wear a meat dress. Although the outrageous and rather gross meat dress disturbed many, it was designed to deliver the message about fighting for your rights, because if you don’t then you are going to have as much rights as the meat on your bones. Gaga was mainly referring to the DADT policy and how gays should fight for their rights and to serve their country freely.
Although Gaga’s meat dress was extreme and far from what one would call an appropriate and a stylish fashion look, it still goes to show how a dress can make a huge political statement. If designers will make more political statements through their designs, let’s hope they will make more fashionably and politically correct decisions when it comes to fabric.