From the Fawcett Society's 'This is what a feminist looks like' T-shirt to Vivienne Westwood's recent 'Theresa Talk Vivienne' top, slogan-covered apparel has always been a simple yet powerful way to broadcast a political or ideological agenda.
And yesterday, it was the turn of members of the AAA-PBP alliance (Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit) who wore black 'Repeal' sweatshirts in the Irish parliament, the Dáil, to support women's rights to have an abortion.
The word 'REPEAL' in white letters emblazoned across the front of the black T-shirt, refers to the on-going campaign for Ireland's government to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, a law passed in 1983 which outlaws abortion in Ireland.
Created by Repeal Project founder Anna Cosgrave, the jumpers are described as 'an outerwear project meant to give voice to a hidden problem', according to the movement's Twitter account.
Ruth Coppinger, – one of six members who wore the jumper – took the opportunity to call on the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny), to 'repeal, not amend the Eighth Amendment' to the Constitution on abortion and urged him to open a referendum on the issue.
According to Coppinger, 165,000 women had been forced to travel abroad for abortions during Kenny's office in the since 2011.
Kenny later admitted he respected Coopinger's view but explained, 'it is not a black-and-white situation. The T-shirts may be black and have white writing but this is about people and people have different views'.
Get your 'Repeal' sweatshirt here (currently out of stock).