autumn/winter 2014, diversity in fashion, diversity on the runway, fashion as political message, fashion as social statement, Karen Walker, Kate Sheppard, New York Fashion Week - a/w 2014, New Zealand Suffragette Movement, women's trouser suit
Three aspects of Karen Walker’s a/w 2014 collection
promptly arrested my attention:
its inspiration: the New Zealand suffragette movement
its clothing attitude: the vibe, “I am confident”
its runway models: of racial diversity
(image from zimbio.com):
designer Karen Walker
Karen Walker hails from New Zealand,
which has the distinct honour of being the first country
in the world to grant women full voting rights.
This landmark law (1893) established New Zealand
as the beacon of suffragette efforts world-wide.
(image from nzhistory.net.nz):
Signatures on the Suffrage Petition, 1893
which was presented to the NZ Parliament
New Zealand’s pioneering achievement set firm footing
on the first rung of the ladder towards
women’s political and legal equality.
It was not until after WWI, that women in
the United Kingdom (1918- partial, 1928 -full)
and the United States (1920 – but not to Native American women)
finally gained voting rights.
Kate Sheppard, leader of the NZ suffragette movement
As a native New Zealander, Ms. Walker has much to be proud:
of past … NZ – a shining example in the annals of women’s political history
of present … her collection – shown during New York Fashion Week
Karen Walker, a / w 2014
(images from fashionising):