For $710, a t-shirt with the word ‘Dior’ stitched on a tag can be yours. It is white and cotton, with the message: ‘We Should All be Feminists.’ Pulled from an essay by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and placed on the chest of a white woman, the saying feels not only racially, but socially out of place. Use of the word ‘all’ in this scenario feels like a dose of twisted irony, but in reality, it may accurately illustrate the lack of context the fashion world has when it comes to real-world politics—classism, sexism, racism, and social inequality. For an industry that relies so heavily on illusion to sell a lifestyle, it begs the question: can fashion truly practice the sort of runway politics it preaches?

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