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This collection has been strongly inspired by the protests, in the beginning of July and August 2016, held by the Black Life Matters movement in various cities throughout USA after the killing of many innocent Afro-American citizens. BLM is an international activist movement, that campaigns against violence and racism toward black people.
“This made me think of the Black Panther Party who worked for the same cause more than 35 years ago. How they with their uniform look consisting of leather jackets, black polo necks, berets and lace up boots formed a united strong group recognised by the whole world”, says HOPE’s head of design Frida Bard.
A strong theme during the design process has been the construction of the individual and collective identity. Asking questions like why we get stronger as individuals in a group? HOPE shines light on how the way we dress effect how we act etc.
“After a turbulent year in world politics, we wanted to create a strong, positive collection. We think of this as our sketch of an unconventional uniform for a young activist. Generic, strong garments to make you feel protected and forceful”, Bard explains.
Fashion can be superficial, but if one truly take a closer look at this art form, underneath often a much deeper meaning can be found. Something which many of the designers at Stockholm Fashion Week are great examples of.
See the full HOPE FW17 collection which showcased at Stockholm Fashion Week: