Are you a Fashion Person?

 
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ARE YOU A FASHION PERSON? 

Photos by Ivan Rakhmanin

Host Briony Somers

 

Anna recommends listening to Stevie Nicks singing Wild Heart getting her make up done as you read this.

 

Almost no one thinks they’re a fashion person, and yet fashion is a culture that’s everywhere, something we’re all apart of. We use fashion as a tool to craft our identity, to sync our internal selves with the external.

 

In this episode of Francly, we ask what it means to be a ‘fashion person’ with Anna Cosgrave, activist and social entrepreneur, founder of the Repeal Project. Anna started the project by producing jumpers to give visibility to the problems created by Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. We have a theory the initiative is an example of fashion tools at work.

 

After a quick coffee in Two Pups on Francis street we sat in the Trinity FM studio to discuss how our formative influences formed our understanding of fashion, it’s cultural meaning and whether we consider ourselves ‘fashion people’.

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“Its always something I felt drawn to but not really a part of” - Anna

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“Fashion really is identity… its a different identity sent down the runway every six months” – Briony

 
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“Now, all of these grassroots organisations could be seen on the street, what they were fighting for was visible with the everyday person.” - Anna

 
 
 In Women and Power Mary Beard talks of the classical play Ovid and Philomena where the character Philomena is raped. Prevented from speaking she tells her story through tapestry 

In Women and Power Mary Beard talks of the classical play Ovid and Philomena where the character Philomena is raped. Prevented from speaking she tells her story through tapestry 

 
 

“All I really wanted, all I felt I had to do, was shout and scream and the way I could effectively do that was through clothing because it allows people to come into a political movement very easily, it opens it up, it simplifies it." - Anna

 
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“We are sometimes so tired of speaking… and a visual trope can last far beyond a conversation” - ANNA

 
 In a 2016 interview with System magazine Miuccia Prada said "I like to play with all the different possible ideas of a woman and to use them, so the clothes are what help you in this kind of expression."

In a 2016 interview with System magazine Miuccia Prada said "I like to play with all the different possible ideas of a woman and to use them, so the clothes are what help you in this kind of expression."

 

“It's fashion we can use as that form of breaking the conventional mould of femininity” - Anna

 
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“Often those who are most marginalised, be in politics or fashion, are the ones who have to do something.” – Anna

 
 

“I just keep thinking, why didn’t I wear a suit to my debs?” - Anna

 
 Skirt, liberty silk hand sewn on grosgrain ribbon. 

Skirt, liberty silk hand sewn on grosgrain ribbon. 

“The only reason I went to my debs is because I made my own skirt” - Briony

 

This episode is sponsored by Electronic Sheep and Workbench, Bank of Ireland

 
 
 
Briony Somers