PROTEST14: Pop-Up Exhibition for One-Day Only to Mark Fashion Revolution Day

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PROTEST14 is a project the third year BA students from the London College of Fashion have been working on in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

The students were tasked with conveying a meaningful issue (of their choosing) via traditional means of communicating – a statement emblazoned on their designs in homage to Katharine Hamnett’s CBE infamous T-Shirts.

The designs were then photographed by Riccardo Raspa and will form a small pop up exhibition tomorrow (Thursday 24 April) which coincides with Fashion Revolution Day.

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Below is a statement by Rob Phillips, Creative Director of the School of Design and Technology, London College of Fashion explaining the manifesto behind the exhibition.

‘Fashion is a message. The image we construct of ourselves as a projection to others carries just as much of a moral and political message as it does one’s beauty, individuality and character.

At London College of Fashion we recognise, empathise and react to global challenges through fashion design, analysis and communication. Our visual responses act as catalysts for change through the conversations they encourage. We will continually support initiatives that help highlight issues, engaging more people and practices in coming together to create change.

 PROTEST14 is an evolving project. Each year we create an output for our students’ voices that grows from what we know fashion to be.

Students were tasked with creating a FASHION STATEMENT to convey a meaningful issue they felt important to raise awareness about through a 3D design output.

 Students were asked to engage with traditional means of communicating issues: to use statement wording emblazoned on their designs in homage to Katharine Hamnett’s CBE infamous T-Shirts.

The responses were uniquely individual with each group researching and responding to their chosen social issue with a heartfelt, crucial human message. Parenting, education, manufacture, materials, finance, oppression, propaganda, war, politics, health and wellbeing are but a few of the themes that the students explored.

Whether you agree or disagree with their opinions, and however the works speak to you, the aim of this ‘life game’ is not about the current moment or coming up with definitive answers. This is about us thinking more, talking more and doing more to make ALL of our lives better.

We have voices. Let’s use them – together.

Here’s to change.’

7pm – 10pm,

Thursday 24 April 2014,

White Rabbit Studios

471-473 The Arches, Dereham Place, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HJ