Reproductive rights take centre stage at London Fashion Week
20 March 2019
  • Women’s rights took centre stage at London Fashion Week last month, with Irish designer Natalie B Coleman’s Autumn-Winter collection Sisters. Photography: Mario Bertieri at Moderne Lab
  • The collection features symbols of women’s reproductive system, including red to represent blood and a shield motif inspired by the word “sheath,” the Latin origin of the word vagina. Photography: Mario Bertieri at Moderne Lab
  • “Traditional female-centric needlework, weaving, stitching, Carrickmacross lace, embroidery, hand knits were all used,” said Ms. Coleman. Photography: Mario Bertieri at Moderne Lab
  • Clothes making is traditionally seen as a women’s work, she explained, and empowers women both to support their families and gain independence. Photography: Mario Bertieri at Moderne Lab
  • The collection is part of a partnership with UNFPA. Ten per cent of the profits will support the work of UNFPA. Photography: Mario Bertieri at Moderne Lab
  • “The collection symbolises the collaborative power of sisterhood,” Ms. Coleman said. “I believe strongly in equality and in the right for all women to have access to maternal and sexual care.” Photography: Mario Bertieri at Moderne Lab
  • London Fashion Week coincided with the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, which recognized reproductive health and rights as a development priority. Photography: Mario Bertieri at Moderne Lab