From the 9th of February to the 6th of May an exhibition of Vivienne Westwood inspirational t-shirts from early private collection “Let It Rock” “Sex” and “Seditionaries” through recent collections, “Active Resistance’ “Propaganda” and “Climate Revolution” will be displayed in the Fashion and Textile museum located in Bermondsey.

The shirts are a way of sending messages involving politics feminism and peace and in its simplest form, a shirt is still a relevant form of democratic self expression, it is the easiest way to express who you are and what you believe in. It is a really powerful platform to send out a message in the world and make people think more about their everyday decisions and inspire; a way of rebellion against society.

This is what anti-war eco designers Vivienne Westwood and Katherine Hamnett done in 1964 and still continue to do.

Other designers such as Maria Grazia Chiuri also decided to use a simple shirt to send a message about feminism, during a Dior show in Paris. The shirt read “We Should All Be Feminists” which provokes the viewer to think about feminism instead of dismissing it.

The shirt has been famously worn by Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of Harpers Bazaar which is important in todays society as sexism is rising again due to the current political positions.

Overall, a simple shirt could hold a powerful message. Chose wisely how you want to be viewed by others and express this through your fashion. You can change the world!

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We are always hearing more and more talking about mindfulness and its secret of happiness, but what is really it and how can improve our life? What is that really matter in being mindful?

We of GEM are approaching this state of mind collaborating with great organisations like The Macrobiotic Association and The Feng Shui Society. The philosophy on their both are based has its roots from the thousand-year old asiatic tradition, bringing us to knowledge a different perspective of living our life in connection with a deeper universal order.

Mindfulness is a natural human quality and we all have a natural capacity for awareness. With practice, mindful awareness can be developed more helpfully in everyday life, allowing us to live more fully and clearly in the present moment where life is really available, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.

This is the way to get more in touch with what is going on in our thoughts, emotions, physical and sensory experiences. Through Mindfulness we can recognise the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives and improve our well-being.

Then we can experience the richness and joy of life, but also strengthens our ability to respond to difficulties more skilfully. It helps us to develop greater patience, curiosity, kindness and perspective.

“Walking with me” is a beautiful and touching movie we want to suggest to discover and become more interested in what we are talking. Take a look