500,000 people attended the Women’s March in Washington – a day after Trump’s inauguration. Women, girls and toddlers took to the streets to protest for...equality. Simple.
While many attendees came armed with handmade signs and placards, there was another statement of solidarity adorned on the 21st January. Thanks to a knitting project that went viral, initiated by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, thousands turned the streets into a 'sea of pink', wearing bright cat-eared ‘pussy power hats.’
The design was developed after a 2005 recording of Trump resurfaced, released during the election campaign, in which he claimed ‘to grab [women] by the pussy’. Something he later put down to ‘locker room banter’.
Pussy Power Hat knitted by Jayna Zweiman. Photograph (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
And today it's been announced the hat, knitted by Janya Zweiman, is now on display at the V&A in its Rapid Response Collecting gallery – which explores how current global events are influenced by, design, art, architecture and technology.
‘This modest pink hat is a material thing that through its design enables us to raise questions about our current political and social circumstance,’ Corinna Gardner, Acting Keeper of the V&A’s Design Architecture and Digital department, said: ‘[It has] become an immediately recognisable expression of female solidarity and symbol of the power of collective action.’