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The Politics of Fashion premiere

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Shattering the visage of Washington as a city of stuffy women in conservative suits and commuter sneaks, Elaine Mensah’s new documentary, The Politics of Fashion: DC Boxed (produced by Svelte, Inc.), shines light on the creative spirit of the fashion industry in the District. Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of the film at the Mazza Gallerie in North West alongside our awesome Digital Marketing Manager, Shanna.

Snappin’ a quick selfie with the red carpet

 

From live models draped in ultra-chic outfits to a bustling red carpet, the event was incredibly well put-on. We thoroughly enjoyed getting mini-makeovers by amazing make-up artists from Nieman Marcus. My look featured Trish McEvoy’s intense gel liner which was applied to the inside of my top eyelids. I have never tried this technique at home but, ladies, this liner totally transformed my eyes to the perfect nighttime look (it is now on my beauty wish list!). With our new, fresh faces we made our way to the theater to view the much anticipated documentary.

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Beautiful models at the premiere

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DCGF on the red carpet

DCGF on the red carpet

The Politics of Fashion is a must-see, dear readers. Mensah’s film works to shatter the misconceptions of the fashion industry (or lack thereof to some) within in the District. Incorporating the movers and shakers of the DC fashion scene, the film tackles issues from lack of media support to complacency in the field. Playing off of the power of politics in this community, The Politics of Fashion deems Washington as a city that not only relies on but truly thrives on image; it even goes so far as to compare us as a close second to Hollywood in the realm of image importance. This fact presents a perfect segway for Mensah’s highlights of the creative talent and entrepreneurial spirit of Washington. I found the film to be quite well-rounded in its representation of the industry; we heard perspectives from photographers, media personalities, models, designers, award winning fashion critics, pattern makers, bloggers, stylists and more.

I loved how Mensah’s film depicts the varying opinions of fashion’s place and also its future in the District. Many of the cast members devise varying opinions on the state of “DC fashion” and the film certainly did not shy away from the tension that presents; this tension elevates the issue of where fashion truly stands and certainly gives attention to many areas of concern in the within the field.

The take away that struck me the deepest from the film was the concept of fostering a creative fashion community here in the District. Mensah ends the film with many of the cast members giving their thoughts on what we can do make fashion a more comfortable home here in DC and there was a unanimous agreement that we need to come together; from each and every style, neighborhood and platform, we have to use our passion for fashion collaboratively to make a name for Washington, DC as a fashionable city. It made me want to join hands with all my fellow fashionistas and DO something. That’s probably a good sign, right?

It is definitely worth watching, fashionistas! You can view the trailer above and visit the website for information about how you can get your hands on the film. There is another showing coming up in June, too. Get your tickets here!

To see more photos of the event check them out here.

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