I think so. In fact, I’d go so far as to say politics and fashion have been inextricably linked since biblical times, when prophets laid out dress codes separating saints from sinners.
But fashion as a form of resistance arguably dates to the French Revolution, said Clare Sauro, curator of Drexel University’s Robert and Penny Fox historic costume collection.
That was when dissidents donned trousers and red caps as a symbolic gesture to distance themselves from the silk and lace of the aristocracy.
And ever since, what we wear, why we wear it, how we wear it, and what we approve of help define who we are (so all you folks who took issue with Halle Berry’s Oscar Afro might want to check yourselves).
Yet, these days, the painfully divisive political climate has made these connections inescapable: politics and fashion; politics and celebrity; heck, politics and everything. Nothing is frivolous anymore.
People have such passionate feelings about President Trump's travel ban or the Affordable Care Act or building a wall, that it would naturally follow that the fall fashion collections or awards shows -- which ended Sunday night with actors pinning blue ACLU ribbons to their red-carpet attire -- would reflect these passions.
After all, what creatives do best is express.
That’s a lot of politicking on the fashion front, and that's not the half of it.
But as someone who takes a lot of heat writing about fashion and politics, I thought I'd ask local industry leaders what they think: Does fashion have a place in politics? Some of their answers might surprise you.