Photo: Stefanie Kamerman
In a remarkably short period of time, the Pussyhat — those pink, feline beanies that dotted the landscape of the Women’s March on Washington and beyond — has become an indelible piece of cultural currency. The hats were shown on the runway this season at Missoni, featured on the cover of Time, and as of this week, have been officially added to the collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
That’s right, you can now visit a sterling example of the Pussyhat at the renowned museum of design as part of their “Rapid Response” collection, a survey of items that exemplify the impact of current events on art, fashion, and design. (FYI, it also features a burkini and a “Vote Leave” pamphlet that was distributed leading up to the Brexit decision.)
The Pussyhat Project was born as a response to Donald Trump’s now-infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” remark. The idea, hatched by Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, was to create a simple (and frankly, adorable) pattern that people could easily knit for themselves and others. The hats were then distributed at marches, meetups, and through designated drop sites. The whole thing, of course, was chronicled on social media, turning the project from an indie initiative to a global sensation over the course of a few harried weeks.
In a statement, V&A senior curator Corinna Gardner called the hats “an immediately recognizable expression of female solidarity and symbol of the power of collective action.”
Indeed, they’ve become a tangible way to align oneself with the feminist mission and ideology, and to publicly denounce Trump and his disgusting rhetoric. They’ve also come to symbolize fashion’s oft-forgotten utility in times like these when bold, public statements of solidarity are so meaningful and so crucial.