Fashion is all about making a statement, but more often than not lately, it seems that the statement its been choosing to make is a political statement. From tops and tees that assert positions on feminism or other topical issues to award show statements made en masse – #WhyWeWearBlack, for example, which saw men and women sporting all-black ensembles at the Golden Globes in support of gender equality – political fashion has become something of a new norm. And the Grammys, it would appear, were no different, given Joy Villa’s choice of gown.
The singer and songwriter, who has always been known for some daring fashion choices (back in 2015, for example, she wore a see-through dress made entirely out of orange construction-fencing material), attended this year’s Grammys award ceremony in an all-white dress with a a white dress with a hand-painted fetus inside of a rainbow uterus on the front. With it, she carried a purse bearing the anti-abortion slogan, “Choose Life.”
The politically-informed look doesn’t come as much of a surprise, given Villa’s similar approach to the red carpet last year, when she donned a navy gown with the phrase “Make America Great Again” written down the front, a clear message in support of Trump and his administration.
Needless to say, it doesn’t really matter what side of the debate you fall on when it comes to politically loaded fashion – all we know is that the clothing-centric moves are sure to do what they set out to: start some serious conversations.