Ali

29 Jul 2019

I call it the dress of revolution

We might be photographing Ali in a quiet Sheffield garden, but her floor-length, floral, a-line dress has been to around 100 demonstrations. “I call it the dress of revolution” Ali explains. “It became so well-known on protests in Glasgow that when we were protesting outside a detention centre for asylum seekers a police officer addressed me by name even though I was also wearing a balaclava!” It is also particularly precious to Ali because the dress was originally handmade by her mum. “All I did was take out the wrist elastic to give it floaty sleeves. She’s not a demonstrator herself, but I believe that she agrees with the causes that her old dress has been a part of!”

Ali Wears

1
Boots, from a charity shop in Wakefield and resoled
Leggings, charity shop
Polka dot dress, British Heart Foundation charity shop
Bangles, charity shop
Bandana, charity shop
Sunglasses, Syd & Mallory

2
Rainbow and cloud dress, handmade from duvet cover
Rainbow bracelet, handmade from leftover electrical wires
Balaclava, clothes swap

3
Floral dress, second hand from Mooch
Dr Martens, second hand from Mooch
Necklace, charity shop

4
Spotty skirt, charity shop
Stripy t-shirt, charity shop
Gold trainers, charity shop
Octopus necklace, Cherryloco

5
Skirt, second hand from Mooch
T-shirt, donated to Ali’s family 30+ years ago
Bandana, charity shop
Floral boots, LOLAKstyle
Bangles and rings, various charity shops

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Dress of revolution, handmade by Ali’s mum
Sloth necklace, Designosaur

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