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Woah! A fashion show that opposes the travel ban

March 25, 2017 10:02 IST

The dramatic show had models walking the ramp with zippers taped across their faces.   

Probably for the first time in the history of the Tokyo Fashion Week, a designer sent across a strong message to Europe and the rest of the world through his show.

Japan-based fashion designer Chanwoo Lee, who made his debut at the fashion week last year, taped huge zips across his models' faces at his show titled Break Down Walls, Zip Up Difference.

'Today there are many political movements such as EU secession in the world, but basically I think that we're all the same humans,' the designer told the reporters gathered at the show. I wanted to express peace through my collection. But just a 'love and peace' kind of thing would be boring so I wanted to express peace with a rebellious spirit,' he added.

Some photographs from the show:

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IMAGE: Models present creation of ACUOD by CHANU from their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection during Tokyo Fashion Week.
All photographs: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

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IMAGE: The highlight of the show was the zipper taped on to the mouths of models.
The collection was inspired by the hip-hop culture and the designer used fabrics in asymmetrical shapes to convey the idea.

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IMAGE: There were zips on pants, sleeves, jackets and even hats. 

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IMAGE: Lee dressed his models in black leather giant zips taped across their mouth. 

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IMAGE: The collection mostly had unisex street wear along with sporty and semi-formal outfits. 

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IMAGE: While most of the collection was in black and white, it was also peppered with colours like red. The collection had several unisex jackets and oversized shirts. The idea was to blur gender lines and create fashion that is fluid. 

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IMAGE: The zips taped across the mouth gave a menacing look to the models. 

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IMAGE: Models dress in white line up at the end of the show. While some sported baseball hats, there were others who stood out of the crowd because of their braids and hair colour.