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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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