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Message clothing is an integral part of

contemporary fashion –

used to convey sentiment range from

angst to joy

frustration to motivation

apathy to awareness

silliness to seriousness

During the 1980s British designer

Katherine Hamnett

used her clothing t-shirt line as

platform to voice her political stances.

The photo of her 1984 meeting with the

then British Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher

is iconic for its immediate recognisability.

Ms Hamnett t-shirt read:

“58% DON’T WANT PERSHING”

which was the public protest position

against stationing nuclear weapons in the U.K –

a bold statement

a bold action

(image from dazeddigital.com):

hamnett

Some say that Ms. Hamnett faced near bankruptcy,

following a financial audit she endured as punishment

for the embarrassment suffered by the

Thatcher government from the photo’s

widespread publication.

The activist designer is today

still at work using

 t-shirts as banners to generate

public awareness of issues,

which she regards as action-taking worthy –

her continued campaign against nuclear armament.

(image from theguardian.com):

Katharine Hamnett - with her NHS not Trident T-shirt

At almost 67 years old,  Ms.  Hamnett is preparing

for full re-launch of her design label  –

targeting a men’s line for a/w 2014.

One can only guess the reading on that.

(image from ebay.com):

retro tee:  anti-Vietnam War

(image from zazzle.co.uk):

make peace, not war

 

(image from markuslupfer.com):

say cheese – ah, a bit wider

Markus Lupfer,  women  a/w  2012

On the streets where you live

(photos from stylebistro):

New York, New York

S/S   Fashion  Week,  2014

New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 Attendees

now that’s a bit harsh

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chat speak

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much better to spread the love

New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 Attendees

so true

New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 Attendees

love thyself

 

 

(image from 1stclassfashion.com):

street style 5

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