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Fashion insiders declare "I Am an Immigrant" in new video

2017.02.18 11:18

While some fashion designers have always been overtly political, the recently wrapped New York Fashion Week just a month after U.S. President Donald Trumps inauguration included a broader range of brands addressing these tumultuous times.

On Friday, the day after shows concluded, W magazine took on one element, Trumps position on immigration, in a video featuring designers, models, photographers, and industry activists and insiders who are, themselves, immigrants.

The video, shot in a studio over six hours during the frenzy of fashion week, has them looking directly into the camera and saying "I Am an Immigrant," with each uttering part of that declaration in a show of unity. The video is accompanied on by an editorial written by Katherine Cusumano and the effort is part of a series of web content covering the intersection of fashion and politics.



The magazines editor, Stefano Tonchi, said in an interview Thursday ahead of the videos release that the "I Am an Immigrant" video, running about a minute, is intended as a "united and defiant" statement against Trumps travel ban and other immigration policies from inside the fashion industry.

Participants include designer Diane von Furstenberg, models Doutzen Kroes and Winnie Harlow, photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Mario Sorrenti, and fashion activist Bethann Hardison.

"Fashion designers and models have every responsibility, now more than ever, because young people through social media are really influenced by their opinions," said Tonchi, who arrived in the United States from Florence, Italy, 25 years ago and became an American citizen about five years ago.

"Fashion has not been taking enough responsibility, and they can do much more," said Tonchi, who also appears in the video.

"Fashion is always a mirror of society."


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