Fashion is a language that can be used to convey, represent and share messages. In a world that's super connected with thanks to social media, its pretty hard for creatives to ignore political debates and challenges we face in modern culture - it’s no surprise that these debates are rightly vocalized on our catwalks. Fashions favourite activist, Vivienne Westwood’s endlessly communicates political messages, her AW16 collection 'Trouble in paradise’ addressed the sustainability and our social responsibility when it comes to fashion. Do you know the reasons behind why you design or create? What is your message? Do you share it?
We believe that fashion should inspire, motivate, identify and empower. In this print we selected emerging talent that do just that. You’ll find various published declarations, intentions and motives behind their work. I spoke to unapologetic artist Elizabeth Ilsley about sharing her personal feelings online. Peta Clark met up with designer Bethany Williams to discuss the influence of social culture in her collection. Writer Emily discussed the placement of feminism in 2016 whilst Tean Roberts celebrated the beauty in everyone for her exclusive editorial, Girlhood.