Last fall I did a shoot with the gifted designer Mara Hoffman for a collaboration she did with creative media agency Art Not War. She asked 25 feminist activists to come together to wear her latest line. I am so excited to stand alongside these incredible women on International Women’s Day, and to learn about these extraordinary women who are making a difference in the world.
“This project originally started as a photo shoot for our Spring collection, in lieu of doing a September show, [but] we decided not to release it at the height of the election noise,” Hoffman says. “It was going to be so much more significant if we held onto it for a while and shared it during Women’s [History] Month, when there would be a space for [these women] to be celebrated as more than the back end of a political conversation.” Hoffman’s longtime friend, Sarah Sophie Flicker, introduced her to Art Not War, the Brooklyn-based agency and production studio that creates campaigns, videos, music, and graphic art to combat social issues. “I’m just now entering the space, but for far longer, Art Not War has been doing this work and promoting social justice, so I looked to the group for guidance on how to do something like this,” she explains. “My intention was to lend my voice and my platform to these women, and Art Not War knew how to make that happen.”