Fashion + Community
2020, due to the pandemic, was a year of isolation for many, so we decided to bring in 2021 with a campaign celebrating togetherness, subculture, belonging and community, through a fashion lens.
How we find, access and participate in communities has been challenged by the events of 2020 – including the pandemic, and global-reach of the Black Lives Matter movement. The fashion industry has historically offered a form of escapism, through innovation of aesthetic and storytelling depicted in the tangible outcome of clothing. However, the industry has been put under a spotlight this year. Its systems and practices have been called into question. It's enables expression but is also riddled with issues like systemic racism and imbalances depleting our world’s ecosystems.
Fashion in and as a community has had changing narratives, from subculture belonging in the late 1900s, through to the thriving communities around the world that have been built on fashion and textile production, to the digital communication we access for style, shopping tips and inspiration in the form of the social media influencers. As we reflect on 2020, a new narrative is taking shape for Fashion + Community. The question is, what will it entail?