The Women's March Founders Opened Mara Hoffman's Fall 2017 Show

The Women's March Founders Opened Mara Hoffman's Fall 2017 Show

The designer had the Women's March co-founders open her show.

The designer had the Women's March co-founders open her show.

Text: Ndey Buri

Always one to emphasize the importance of inclusivity and diversity— her fashion shows are well-known to include a diverse range of models— designer Mara Hoffman opened her Spring 2017 fashion show in an unexpected and bold way by having the co-founders of the Women's March lead with the opening remarks.

After attending the march in Washington D.C. herself, Hoffman opted to bring the activist atmosphere to her show. Co-founders Carmen Perez, Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory stood before show-goers as Bland delivered opening marks taken from the Women's March mission statement: "We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. Hear our voices."

Each of the women then took turns to provide their personal declarations on the topic of togetherness. "Unity, love and strength, with a message that women's rights are human rights," Perez said. "We stand together in solidarity, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse community are the strength of our country. Hear our voice."

The girl power didn't stop there, though, as models strutted (and even danced) down the runway with poet Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Women" echoing in the background. The designer's choice of outspoken remarks got not only show-goers attention, but sparked conversation spanning the general public, as well.

Mara Hoffman posing with the Women's March co-founders. Photo: Instagram / @MaraHoffman

This take on the recent trend of fashion-show-meets-political-performance comes about after a string of designers who, this season, have also marked their fashion shows with politically-charged statements, including Public School, Tommy Hilfiger, and Chromat. Hoffman is one of many who are utilizing the country's current uneasy climate to shed light in a positive way and bring about change.

Watch Mara Hoffman's show here.

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