Across the world, people are being confined to their homes, as the coronavirus pandemic escalates. The situation is unfolding at breakneck speed, with advice and emotions fluctuating each day. While some people crowd supermarkets, hoarding food and toilet roll, others cannot access basic necessities. While some roam freely, flouting official advice, others are in full lockdown. Issues that have hung heavy over the fashion industry for decades have been thrown into sharp relief. Luxury conglomerates are donating millions of euros’ worth of medical equipment and brands are mobilising their sewing teams to make masks from home. At the same time, independent brands are struggling to make ends meet, and the swathes of freelancers who populate the fashion industry are left floundering as jobs are cancelled and financial support is lacking.
This is all to say that coronavirus has highlighted vast inequalities. When we reached out to ask fashion creatives how the pandemic had affected them, this much was evident. Some responses are lighthearted; we were sent memes that have alleviated boredom, captured complex feelings and simply provided comic relief. Other responses were heavier. In these snippets of life during coronavirus, we hope you find silver linings and solidarity in equal measure. Stay safe, stay indoors, stay in touch.