Gotta love a woman with balls.
Thatâ€™s exactly what Vivienne Westwood had, big huge balls for doing exactly the opposite of what was expected of her fashion line. Mannequins have always been molded to allow dresses to look at their best when worn by one. It is meant to be the ultimate display tool. Professionals are hired to dress these up and create an illusion that ordinary women can look as good as these mannequins do.
So when Vivienne Westwood created some of the most intricate and vivid mannequins the fashion industry has ever created, youâ€™d think that sheâ€™s out to come up with the most glamorous display window of the year.
She did the opposite.
She messed up her mannequins the way some men mess up the soul of women they beat up. Dressed in Westwoodâ€™s new collection, the mannequinâ€™s incredibly detailed face stared back the onlookers. It was the most personal demonstration of domestic violence ever done on lifeless displays.
It wasnâ€™t shockingly graphic. There have been braver attempts at demonstrating how bad domestic violence is. Currently, a woman dies of domestic violence very three hours. However, itâ€™s not the visual effect that helps the cause, itâ€™s how a named designer like Westwood could make a strong statement like what she just did:
No amount of glamor, clothes or stunning accessories can erase the bruises, the pain and the reality. Women are abused and people should do something about it.
The hope is for the rest of the fashion designers to follow suit. It would be great to see a fashion week that helps the cause.
Fashion, I have always believed, is important. Thatâ€™s why it thrives. There is a certain sense of pride that comes with being able to express yourself through the clothes you wear. Itâ€™s not just about physical vanity, it is also about emotional confidence. Thatâ€™s why it is important for fashion to be involved in womenâ€™s rights.
Hopefully, Westwood would inspire others, especially other female designers. It would be great to see these images walk the runway, appear on print ads and talked about as much as fashion is talked about.
Photos via ABC Manichini