As unique mediums, music, film, fine art, literature and fashion all serve as a source of cultural documentation. Reflecting periods of change throughout time, they commemorate the beliefs and politics specific to these moments, and in doing so present them in a new, alternative light. Fashion, as a completely visual and material form, has always quite literally depicted trends— the billowing gowns and hoop skirts in classical art for instance—but over the years it’s taken a more poignant and often loaded turn. Today, there’s no doubt that fashion has the power to make social, political, and racial convictions both on and off the runway (think: Pyer Moss’ “My Demons Won Today I’m Sorry” and more recently Public School’s “Make America New York”), making it feel a pivotal part of culture now more than ever.

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