Blue Wave by Jennifer Stanley addresses women in politics through dress. This exhibit is curated of monochromatic formalwear with close attention to garment construction, fabrication, and fit. Blue Wave expresses resilience and determination using contemporary silhouettes and couture influenced details.
Blue Wave was inspired by historical and political female figures, such as Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Michelle Obama. The difference these women have made in history is bold, powerful, and resolute- Blue Wave communicates just this. The author and speaker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “We Should All Be Feminists”, was also a vital inspiration.
To be true to the theme and title, the collection is entirely constructed with rich navy blue textiles. These textiles include satin, pleated chiffon, and beaded tulle. Embellishments include feathers, rosettes, beading, and horsehair braid. A unique approach in constructing the garments was the use of overlaying beaded tulle on top of satin in different components of 3 of the ensembles. All ensembles in the Blue Wave exhibit utilize neckline details, as a way to pay homage to the jabots worn by the late Ruth Bader-Ginsburg.
As a Texan designer, Stanley feels this representation through dress is even more urgent with the Senate Bill 8, having the most restrictions on abortion since the case of Roe v. Wade. Along with her personal passions and the current political climate, Stanley wanted to use Blue Wave as a way to give women of all backgrounds strength and empowerment through fashion.