The Rebel Issue



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It’s no secret that we’re living in a divisive time. Arising out of this collective anger is a motivation to change things, to resist. People are speaking up, and they’re doing so through fashion. Whether it’s the #TimesUp blackout at the Golden Globes or the myriad of brands at New York Fashion Week expressing their stance on political realities, fashion is proving its value as a powerful tool for promoting social change.

e beauty and apparel industries are taking note. is past year alone, brands from Fenty Beauty to Glossier have taken stands against a lack of inclusivity in the realm of beauty (pg. 8). Further, the increased personalization and digitization of the retail industry, spearheaded by a few maverick brands, are challenging the brick-and-mortar shopping experience, in turn transforming the way we consume fashion (pg. 20). Long gone are the days of playing it safe.

Beyond red carpets, runways, and retail stores, rebellious attitudes trickle down to an individual level. While fashion
is indeed riding national waves of change, the personal act of putting on clothing can empower us to defy industry trends, social norms, and even our past selves. In Faces of Rebellion
(pg. 22), So a Sanchez gives us a glimpse of students right here at Northwestern going against the grain through beauty and fashion; from these few pro les, it becomes evident that rebellion is a highly personal concept. Meanwhile, sta writer Rachel Orbach opens up about how changing her look has allowed her to physically re ect the changes she has experienced during her rst quarter at Northwestern, an act of both personal acceptance and resistance against her pre-college self (pg. 40).

roughout our last year as Editors In Chief of STITCH, we’ve taken risks of our own. While we still have a ways to go, we’ve challenged non-inclusivity in the fashion industry by attempting to represent the entire range of identities in the Northwestern community in our organization and physical magazine. We’ve strived to stay on top of realities in the political, social, and cultural landscape of the country, while staying true to STITCH’s unique voice and place on this campus. We’ve cut back on print distribution to amplify our digital presence and created a new position dedicated to unifying STITCH’s voice across platforms.

We want to say thank you, because none of it would have been possible without the help and support we received from all angles. It’s been a good four years as a part of this organization, getting to hang out with and learn about some of the most interesting people on this campus. With that, we say farewell and con dently pass the torch to Rachel Burns and Emily Ash as the new Editors In Chief of STITCH. Don’t be afraid to set fashion free.

Amber and Rachel Co-Editors In Chief


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