In a reaction to recent controversies, like the travel ban and changes to immigration laws under Donald Trump’s rule, the fashion world has come together during New York Fashion Week to create a touching and inspiring short video.
Filmed at Chelsea’s Milk Studios, ‘I am an immigrant’ combines an array of highly regarded people from the fashion industry. This includes Vogue’s former creative director, Grace Coddington, to international supermodel, Adriana Lima.
The film is comprised of 81 esteemed members of the fashion community who stand before a camera and in more than one language state “I am an immigrant.”
The purpose is to further highlight just how wrong it is for POTUS to make executive orders that directly attack immigration, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights.
In the preceding Obama administration, The United States was making history by opening up borders and legalizing gay marriage.
The 21st century has been a time where perspectives have changed and the world as a whole has become more open and accepting of different ways of life. This movement to equality all changed literally the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of The United States.
Since then, the world has seen just how passionate, resilient, and free people are through the protests, marches, walk outs, and in some cases riots, that have occurred in response to president Trump.
With all eyes being on New York City this past week due to it being fashion week, many were curious to see how or if the fashion community would have anything to say or highlight on such a world wide controversial and taboo subject. And boy did they have a lot to say!
Besides the ‘I am an immigrant’ clip many other designers and shows have alluded to and slayed the Trump administration.
For instance, at Public School’s show models were seen wearing baseball caps with a spin on Donald Trump’s catchphrase “Make America Great Again”, with “Make America New York.” At Jonathan Simkhai, the front road was gifted with t-shirts with “Feminist AF” printed on them. Raf Simons made his debut at Calvin Klein by creating a show that celebrates being a immigrant in America.
Katherine Cusumano from W magazine sums it up perfectly.
“Just as the United States—socially, politically, economically—would not exist without immigrants, so, too, is the backbone of the fashion industry informed by the dialogue between cultures and the tireless work of individuals migrating from other countries.”
At the end of clip, Belgian-American designer, Dianne Von Furstenberg, appears and leaves viewers with a final touching line, “I am an immigrant and America’s been good to me.”