Whenever celebrities walk the red carpet or simply walk out their front doors, people tend to take notice. From fashion writers and editors to designers and aspiring designers, to the fashion-obsessed among us, the fashion choices celebrities make often capture our attention. It’s no longer just pick the dress that’s the prettiest, however, as celebrities look to make statements with their clothing and emphatically stand up for causes or people they care about.
While you may be used to hearing celebrities talk about causes near and dear to their hearts, more and more seem to be choosing to make a visual statement. Some, like Katy Perry or Joy Villa choose to make clear and overt political statements that aren’t in any way hidden or subtle. Others wear clothing with meanings that aren’t as easily sussed out. Whether it’s a memorial or shout out to a friend or family member or a cause they think is worth fighting for, celebrities are using fashion to express themselves in a more personal way. Fashion has always been a form of self-expression, but it seems that those in the public eye are wholly embracing this idea more now than they ever did before. When these stars strut their stuff down the red carpet, it’s about more than just what meets the eye.
Emma Roberts, 2017 Academy Awards
This year, Emma Roberts took Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge and chose a sustainable dress for the Oscars red carpet. It was Armani Prive couture from the fashion house’s January 2015 collection, according to POPSUGAR.
Felicity Huffman’s choice of a pantsuit for the Golden Globes may have appeared to simply be a pretty, flattering, and stylish choice, however she made it clear that the choice was made in solidarity with Hillary Clinton, who, of course, is known for her pantsuits (and had lost in the Presidential election a few months before). While walking the red carpet, Huffman said, “I thought a pantsuit in honour of Hillary, right? Love you, Hillary. I’m with her.”
Lady Gaga, 2010 VMAs
Lady Gaga famously wore an outfit made of meat to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. It wasn’t just some crazy costume, however. Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres in an appearance on her show (via InStyle) that the dress was meant to say that it’s important to fight for what we believe in or “…we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.”
Evan Rachel Wood, 2017 Golden Globes
Evan Rachel Wood wore a menswear-inspired ensemble to the 2017 Golden Globes ceremony. She told Ryan Seacrest (via Marie Claire) that her custom-made Altuzarra suit was specifically chosen to tell girls and women who aren’t into the frothy, sparkly dress look that they should feel comfortable to dress the way they want to, not according to some perceived societal requirement.
Madonna, 2015 Met Gala