Copenhagen Fashion Summit's Voices Of Politics, Diversity And Change

Copenhagen Fashion Summit's Voices Of Politics, Diversity And Change

Former Dean of Parsons School of Design, Simon Collins, served up the most pointed of all questions to New York based designer Prabal Gurung when he asked "would you dress the first lady?" Prabal, after some consideration, gave an applause-inducing answer, explaining that his brand stands for inclusion, celebrates diversity and does not discriminate. It is no surprise that his comments echo those of another immigrant designer, Ashish Gupta, who celebrated his status and called for racial inclusion and diversity at his London Fashion Week show in September 2016. Reflecting on the global political and economic climate, Simon Collins commented on the political dissent in Thatcher's 70's and 80's Britain that gave rise to the punk rock movement and other beautifully creative genres that still resonate in Britain today.