As promised in my last post about summer fashion essentials, I summoned all of my resources and I am already back with another article.
Every year, June is the official Pride Month. Why ? Because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969. The riots were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. The LGBT community held a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations to protest against it and calling for the establishment of places that gays and lesbians could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fears of being arrested. Over the years since the event, many activist groups and LGBT rights organisations have been formed around the world.The movement celebrates sexual diversity, is a way of protesting against discrimination and violence for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people . It promotes their dignity, equal rights, self-affirmation and is a way of increasing society’s awareness of the issues they face.
Here, on MyVanityFlare I want to show you how fashion can change one’s life, how big of an impact it can have. You might think that it is too provoking, too attention-grabbing to wear clothes that are a demonstration of one’s beliefs about sexuality. I understand this point of view. On the other side I can’t find a legitimate reason why seeing somebody in a colorful T-shirt would bother anyone so much. It’s not surprising that after years of living in shame, guilt or social isolation a person wants to just be free and openly show how she/he feels. Especially today, in the era of omnipresent exhibitionism, social media and reality shows we have this urge to share everything with the whole world.
If wearing a pride flag pattern on your hat is going to make you feel proud and confident, then that’s the magic of fashion I truly admire. I know that for some people it is really difficult to find the courage to do such a thing and so, if they finally decide to do it, it is such a freeing and memorable moment for them. I am an avid supporter of that.
Why do worldwide famous, sometimes even high-fashion designers want and do celebrate the Pride? Why do they create special garments with LGBT symbols on them? Some of the possible reasons are:
- It sells
Yes, I know that this statements seems harsh and totally not noble in any way, but it’s true. Over the years, more and more people admitted to being a part or a supporter of the LGBT community. It resulted in overall increase in public’s interest in this topic and also culture’s involvement. The machine has been set off and we got numerous big outings from famous figures, social campaigns, books and so much more. It couldn’t have been escaped that Pride Month will become a tool to make money, and so it did.
2. It is in fashion
Of course, just the sheer fact that Pride can give a luxury brand profit, won’t make it worth investing in. When we talk about high-fashion, we need to remember the importance of the image that is carefully planned and presented to the client and the prestige that usually took years to be achieved. Quite recently, LGBT community started to expand and as a result stopped being associated with tackiness and bizarreness. It has come to people’s minds that its supporters have no identical look, they come from different backgrounds, they have different stories and that very often when seen on the street they don’t seem to be different that those around. Because why would they? That’s why even expensive, elegant brands aren’t afraid anymore to create collections that are connected to Pride. It is no longer something to hide, be ashamed of, rather the opposite, something upstanding, that suggests open-mindedness and consciousness.
3. It is relatable
Sometimes a designer may just feel connected to this community, probably be a part of it. Then making a decision to help it, might seem almost like a necessity, a matter of honor. Fashion world is usually equated with homosexuality, most famous designers are speculated to be gay, however it’s not that common for them to be very open about their sexuality or make any statements. Another think that can happen is that a brand will invite someone who does identify with LGBT community to collaborate and create a seasonal collection. This is a manifestation of support, but doesn’t make the creator himself attached to Pride directly.
To celebrate Pride Month 2018, there has been a lot of special products released to the market. I think that the reasons behind this are not as important as the believes they verbalize.
Here are some of my favorite garments celebrating Pride Month 2018:
Please, let me know in the comments what you think of fashion celebrating Pride Month and if you like any of presented pieces.