Fashion Finatics: Grammys spark political attire conversation

By: Jeweliana Register

Politics have made their way into almost everything recently, from social media to awards shows to concerts. The idea of a Hollywood figure sharing their political opinions whenever they are given a platform may seem normal, so it’s fitting that politics and fashion have collided as well.

Move over “The Dress” from 2015 because there is a new garment that is breaking the internet, and it’s strutting straight off the red carpet of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Singer Joy Villa stepped out on the red carpet in a head-to-toe white coat, which she soon opened to reveal a Pro-Trump gown. Andre Soriano, a Filipino-born immigrant, designed the dress and described it as a symbol of love, according to the Washington Post.

The dress featured a fitted bodice and a flared train with the words “Make America Great Again” splashed down the front and “Trump” on the train. Soriano said in an interview that he used his Trump flag from his home to make the dress for her. Soriano also said unity and support for our new president are important.

Katy Perry made another political fashion statement at the Grammy Awards. Perry stepped out on stage wearing a white pantsuit, which is a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement, according to Time magazine, and may be a nod to her pick for president, Hillary Clinton. Perry also wore a pink armband with the word “persist” written on it. While Perry’s fashion statements may have been more subtle than Villa’s, Perry still managed to support her cause with her clothing.

Women are not the only ones who took to their outfits to support their political opinions. Men took a cue and followed suit as well. Johnny Stevens, band member of Highly Suspect, emerged on the red carpet in a jacket with a very strong message splattered across the back: impeach. Stevens was turned backwards in most photos from the event so that the words can be seen.

Rapper Schoolboy Q voiced his support for women with his Grammys attire. Schoolboy Q, with his young daughter Joyce in tow, donned a neon-pink hoodie with the phrase “girl power” in black font across the front. It is thought to show his support of women, but The Huffington Post said his songs may not always convey that same message.

Political views and opinions have slowly crept into many aspects of media, including fashion. Fashion has always been a means of self-expression, so why limit self-expression when it comes to spreading political messages? A photograph is worth a thousand words, and the photos from the 59th Grammy Awards are leaving some presidential ideas in the minds of viewers

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