politics of fashion

The politics of fashion, from punk to PETA at the DX

This week, the Politics of Fashion exhibit debuted at the Design Exchange, weaving together countercultural clothing with some of the fashion world's most cutting-edge designers.

Curated by Jeanne Beker and staged by Canadian fashion designer Jeremy Laing, the exhibit is a thorough exploration of clothing as expression, finding common threads between protest gear, high-concept pieces from Alexander McQueen, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Maison Martin Margiela, and outfits worn by politicans and pop icons at watershed moments throughout history.

I toured the exhibit with Beker, Laing and Design Exchange curator Sara Nickelson to get the scoop on some of history's biggest fashion statements.

Check out highlights from the exhibit in our photo gallery.


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