Yesterday Chanel’s Haute Couture runway show got political. The fashion house’s head designer and creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, made a statement about France’s current debate over its president’s decision to legalize gay marriage when he closed the show with two female models walking down the runway in bridal gowns.
I was surprised to see that such an iconic company was brave enough to step into the political arena. Of course, I don’t think fashion is completely isolated from politics–Anna Wintour hosted a dinner in support of President Barack Obama this past fall. I do, however, find it interesting that Karl Lagerfeld decided to enter into the debate. He’s been described as apolitical, but clearly this isn’t really the case.
I think that fashion is definitely a mechanism that should more frequently be used to support certain policy ideas. Some think that fashion is created in a vacuum, but I certainly do not find this to be true. Even those who pretend not to take part in fashion trends can’t really avoid the reality that the clothes they are wearing came from some company that necessarily does believe in some policy or another.
According to the Huffington Post, Lagerfeld said that he doesn’t “even understand the debate” because the church and state in France have been separate since the early years of the 20th century. What I find ironic is that the article also reveals that Lagerfeld still does not support artificial insemination in order for gay couples to have kids.
What do you think? Can you reconcile these differing convictions held by Lagerfeld? Do you think that fashion should be used to make a political statement?