With designers incorporating political statements into their collections, fashion continues to take a stand and and to counter regressive views and actions with its influential platform. New York-based ready-to-wear label Proenza Schouler debuts its third film collaboration with Harley Weir, who recently shot Stella McCartney’s socially compelling campaign in a landfill. It was as an upholding of the designer’s commitment to sustainability and to reducing environmental waste. But unlike Proenza’s previous flicks with the filmmaker, “Legs Are Not Doors” and “PS I Love You” which focus on love and sexuality, their current project with Planned Parenthood centers on gender and women’s relationships with their bodies.
The timing couldn’t be better as Planned Parenthood faces the possibility of complete defunding. The United States Senate recently voted to open debate on the GOP-signed healthcare bill that would dissolve Obamacare’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. The action has affected four locations in Iowa last month and it will continue to depreciate.
The emotionally-charged film styled by Camilla Nickerson features a variety of personalities such as trans model Hari Nef, actresses Jemima Kirke, Hailey Gates, and Amber Valletta, intersex activist Hanne Gabby Odiele, and musicians Jojo and Grimes, among others. The film discusses their personal sentiments on power, gender, femininity, and what it would entail for the government to intrude with how women govern themselves.
“In recent months, Proenza Schouler has been driven by a need to stand up with organizations that fight for the causes we believe in,” designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez shared with Refinery. “Now more than ever we feel it is important to use our voice and platform to speak out in support of the things we care deeply about. Planned Parenthood means so much to the women who work at our company, and to the community Planned Parenthood serves in New York City and beyond.”
Watch Proenza Schouler/Harley Weir’s Planned Parenthood film below:
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