PREVIEW QASIMI’S POLITICALLY-CHARGED AW17 COLLECTION
The world slammed the brakes on progression in 2016. As politicians and media outlets preached division, dissent, as ever, came from creatives – designers, musicians and artists. For AW17, continuing on a theme of examining socio-political issues through progressive design, Khalid Al’Qasimi is revisiting John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s iconic 1969 Bed In protest, during which the artists spent their honeymoon in bed for seven days, inviting the press to interview them and promoting world peace.
With people worldwide energised to protest – from Standing Rock to Westminster – and sloganeering returning to fashion in a big way, QASIMI is a brand offering us the chance to wear our stance on our sleeves. Here are some of Khalid’s influences for this season:
‘For AW17 I have continued to use socio-political themes as the starting point for the collection. The main inspiration for this season came from the ‘Bed In’ protest by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 which took place in room 702 of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. A silent protest that sparked ideas of the interior/exterior, of the bedroom and of the streets. Looking at the current political climate, the rise in protests involving the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, the furore surrounding Brexit here in the UK and the recent Dakota access pipeline protest at Standing Rock, the voice of the people and their protests have resonated as a new shift in the system.’ – Khalid Al’Qasimi