Opening Ceremony Swap Runway for Ballet In A Celebration of Immigration

In the spirit of protest

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When the world is in mourning for lost liberty and liberalism and the US reeks of political travesty, there is but one thing to do – stand up in the face of adversity and dance.

Never ones to offer a banal runway show (they've previously displaying their wares next to an oozing chocolate wall and through the medium of theatre), Opening Ceremony designers Carol Lim and Huberto Leon staged a politically-charged ballet to showcase their Spring 2017 collection.

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With the news of Trump's executive order on Friday prohibiting people's entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries, many refugees were trapped at airports and many more have been left fearing deportation back to their war torn home countries.

Thousands of Americans flocked to the airports to show their solidarity with those being excluded.

A few miles away from one the biggest demonstrations, at JFK, choreographer Justin Peck partnered with the Opening Ceremony designers to throw the confines of fashion even further out of the window by inviting hundreds of guests to Peck's new ballet, 'The Times Are Racing'.

Dancers from a range of backgrounds leapt across stage in Opening Ceremony's latest offering of colourful street wear and slogan heavy t-shirts reading, 'Defy,' 'Protest,' 'Unite' and 'Fight' (part of the brand's see-now, buy-now collection).

A few months ago these t-shirt, these words might have felt like a token offering but in today's climate where we all have a platform, a voice and a responsibility it's time to grab your fashion –shirt and take a stand.

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