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Prabal Gurung put important feminist quotes all over his spring/summer 17 collection


High fashion and feminism have collided at New York Fashion Week with Prabal Gurung's Gloria Steinem-inspired spring/summer '17 collection.

The designer, a vocal feminist, weaved key quotes by famous women into his designs, with words from the likes of Steinem, Susan B Anthony and Emily Dickinson emblazoned on loose t-shirts, floaty dresses and even trouser hems.

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Trouser hems with feminist references at Prabal Gurung

Dickinson's famous "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul" line appears on a soft black font on a white tee embellished with sequins and trailing long, delicate feathers:

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

While Susan B. Anthony’s "they threw things at me then but they were not roses" comes in glittering grey:

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung spring/summer '17

Citing Steinem's My Life on the Road and Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman as inspiration, Gurung dedicated the collection to his mother and her "fight against male chauvinism."

There has always been a strange sense of antagonism between fashion and powerful women, a belief that women must sacrifice femininity to gain power, authority and respect.  I have never understood this notion, and I wouldn’t be doing what I do today if I believed it.

- Prabal Gurung in 2013

It's not the first time Gurung has used his design prowess to dabble in social commentary. Earlier this year he joined a string of big fashion names showing their support for US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by creating T-shirts for her campaign.

'When she breaks the glass ceiling the pieces will heal the wounds of her predecessors," he said in an Instagram post dedicated to the Democrat candidate.

This one might take a while to get through...

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Feminist references printed onto dresses at Prabal Gurung

Not all the clothes came with a written message:

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung spring/summer '17

Nothing more...nothing less. #pgnyfw #nyfw #Spring2017 #cfdanyfw #pgworld

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