WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Bstroy, a Dystopian-inspired fashion house, unveiled hoodies featuring the names of schools that were devastated by mass shootings.
- The designers are receiving a lot of negative comments and bashing from the online community, especially family members of victims as well as other survivors of terrorism.
- The hoodies, which were pierced with multiple bullet holes, included the names of Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Virginia Tech, and Columbine.
Some unique and sometimes strange fashion choices can make a fashion statement. Though things that should never ever be used to try and do that are school shootings.
One brand did just that though during its latest unveiling in New York. Part of the brand Bstroy’s 2020 menswear collection featured hoodies with the names of schools that fell victim to mass shootings. These included Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Virginia Tech, and Columbine. To make matters even worse, the hoodies were pierced with multiple bullet holes.
The Dystopia-inspired fashion house, founded by Brick Owens and Dieter “Du” Grams, received many comments for the offensive garments.
Many, including survivors of the tragedies and family members of the victims, called the designers idea of a fashion statement “callous”, “disgusting”, “revolting”, and “shameful”. Just last week, Grams and Owens fashion line was praised as “A blend of high-concept pieces” in a New York Times profile.
On Instagram, the designers tried to somehow explain their intentions with a strange statement. “Sometimes life can be painfully ironic. Like the irony of dying violently in a place, you consider to be a safe, controlled environment, like school. We are reminded all the time of life’s fragility, shortness, and unpredictability yet we are also reminded of its infinite potential.”
Du also told the Times that they are “making violent statements” to be known and “have a voice in the market”, a voice that will eventually “say things everyone can wear.”
Source: New York Post