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Gucci Mannequin Levels Protest on the Runway

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Ayesha Tan Jones makes a press release with out saying a phrase at Gucci Spring 2020; Picture: Jacopo Raule/Getty Photos for Gucci

Simply after we thought nothing at Milan Vogue Week would high Jennifer Lopez‘s activate the Versace runway, a mannequin strolling the catwalk at Gucci’s Spring 2020 present proved us improper.

Whereas everybody across the globe tunes into style week to study the most recent traits, non-binary musician and artist Ayesha Tan Jones (aka Yaya Bones) noticed it as a chance to shine a highlight on psychological well being. One of many first few fashions to open the present in outfits that includes straitjacket silhouettes, they raised their fingers so everybody might see the phrase “psychological well being just isn’t style” written on them.

We all know what you’re considering: this was clearly staged. However in accordance with a press release from Gucci, the protest wasn’t a part of the plan.

Want extra proof? In a press release posted to Instagram Jones writes: “It’s in unhealthy style for Gucci to make use of the imagery of straitjackets and outfits alluding to psychological sufferers, whereas being rolled out on a conveyor belt as if a chunk of manufacturing facility meat. Presenting these struggles as props for promoting garments in at this time’s capitalist local weather is vulgar, unimaginative and offensive to the tens of millions of individuals around the globe affected by these points.”

Alessandro Michele later went on to clarify that the “straitjackets” had been meant to represent uniforms which are dictated by society restraining any technique of self-expression. So we’re guessing the designer wasn’t aggravated that Jones expressed themselves…