Katharine Hamnett, London's Well-Known Fashion Activist, Wants to End Brexit
Katharine Hamnett, the legendary British designer, is known for communicating her ethical business philosophy through over-sized t-shirts. Her iconic slogan t-shirts have always symbolized a fight for change using the power of fashion. You may recognize some of her contributions including ‘Choose Life’, ‘Stay Alive in 85’, ‘Make Poverty History’, ‘Stop and Think’, and ‘Save the Sea’.
Hamnett’s first t-shirt creation, ‘CHOOSE LIFE’, was designed for singer and songwriters, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, of Wham! in their smash hit music video “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”. The band wore this shirt to promote anti-drug and anti-suicide campaigns in the 80s. Katharine’s t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘Stay Alive in 85’ represents her support for women’s anti-nuclear protests at ROF Greenham Common airbase in Berkshire, UK. In 2015, she designed organic cotton shirts for Oxfam’s Make Poverty History campaign to spread awareness of the true price of cotton, which is often the result of human suffering by the people at the bottom of the supply chain. All of her shirts display a common design and large bolded fonts that can be observed from a far distance.
Time’s Up fashion protests are "drippy," Katharine Hamnett tells @theipaper - as she launches campaign for a second Brexit referendum using her famous political tees.— Rob Hastings (@robhastings) February 9, 2018
Great exclusive interview with the designer by @jess_barrett here:https://t.co/hJbRX4tA7K pic.twitter.com/1pT0fXbeMl
It is no surprise that Katharine Hamnett has gone back to the drawing board for 2018. This year she is taking on one of her biggest challenges yet: the “Cancel Brexit” campaign. The front of the shirt reads, “SECOND REFERENDUM NOW” followed by “In a democracy people have the right to change their minds.” The back-side is a long-winded excerpt instructing her followers to petition Members of Parliament in efforts to reverse the effects of Brexit, which has negatively impacted their economy since the split. This shirt in particular is just the start of her campaign for political action in her native country. If the past is any indication, we will not see the end of her activist-spirit and sustainable fashion trends pioneering until her mission is complete.