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Political Fashion Runway Statements

IISE Draws Inspiration from Contemporary Political Climates

— November 16, 2018 — Fashion
For its Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Seoul-based label IISE launches a contemporary statement with an emphasis on political fashion. Designers Terrence and Kevin Kim drew inspiration from the current state of affairs in Korea as they live in an area that "is a hotbed for political protest and calls for an increased police presence." The creatives take these motifs and infuse it into IISE's offerings for Spring/Summer 2019.

The silhouettes are undoubtedly utilitarian, boasting a strong sense of privacy. Certain elements in the overall political fashion line-up evoke themes of surveillance. A strong component of it is the embrace of an aesthetic that can be traced to the gear of riot police officers.

Photo Credits: Bryan Luna
Trend Themes
1. Political Fashion - Disruptive innovation opportunities in creating politically-inspired clothing collections that make bold statements and provoke conversation.
2. Utilitarian Silhouettes - Disruptive innovation opportunities in designing clothing with functional and practical features that prioritize privacy and comfort.
3. Surveillance-inspired Aesthetic - Disruptive innovation opportunities in incorporating elements of surveillance and security into fashion design, creating a unique and edgy style.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - Disruptive innovation opportunities in the fashion industry to cater to consumers seeking politically-inspired clothing and utilitarian silhouettes.
2. Activism - Disruptive innovation opportunities in the activism space to leverage fashion as a powerful tool for political expression and social change.
3. Security - Disruptive innovation opportunities in the security industry to develop fashion-infused surveillance technologies and products that prioritize both style and functionality.
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