Gucci Mannequin Levels Protest on the Runway

Gucci Model Stages Protest on the Runway

Gucci Spring 2020

Ayesha Tan Jones makes an announcement with out saying a phrase at Gucci Spring 2020; Picture: Jacopo Raule/Getty Pictures for Gucci

Simply after we thought nothing at Milan Trend Week would prime Jennifer Lopez‘s turn on the Versace runway, a model walking the catwalk at Gucci’s Spring 2020 present proved us fallacious.

Whereas everybody across the globe tunes into trend week to be taught the newest developments, 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 arms so everybody may see the phrase “mental health is not fashion” written on them.

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

Want extra proof? In an announcement posted to Instagram Jones writes: “It is in bad taste for Gucci to use the imagery of straitjackets and outfits alluding to mental patients, while being rolled out on a conveyor belt as if a piece of factory meat. Presenting these struggles as props for selling clothes in today’s capitalist climate is vulgar, unimaginative and offensive to the millions of people around the world affected by these issues.”

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

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