“Fashion is instant language,” Miuccia Prada has claimed, and it’s often how people signal their belief in a cause. In the 18th century, everyday folk who took down the crown during the French Revolution called themselves “Sans-Culottes,” as they wore pants, not the fancy culottes of the royals. In the 20th century hippies, punks, and especially the Black Panthers created signature looks that outwardly express their beliefs. More recently, we have the pussy hat and designers like Chanel and Dior bringing protest messages to the runway. Get an in-depth look at the fashions of various social movements, and discover how counter-cultural looks influence mainstream style.
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